Your career & employability

Almost 90% of our engineering graduates are in full-time jobs or study within six months of graduating

More engineers are needed in the UK and across the globe

In the UK there's currently a skills gap for highly qualified engineers with a forecasted demand for 257,000 new engineering vacancies to be filled by 2022. This means there will be an even bigger need in the coming years from industry for highly qualified engineers across all disciplines. By studying engineering at Strathclyde you'll be able to distinguish yourself further from the crowd in the UK and across the globe.

Close connections with industry

Within the Faculty of Engineering we've very close relationships with industry. A small selection of the global, blue-chip companies our undergraduate and postgraduate graduates have found employment with, include:

  • BP
  • FMC Technologies
  • Amec
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Scottish Power
  • Lloyds Register
  • The Wood Group
  • Microsoft

In 2012/13, undergraduate graduates in engineering and technology had the second-highest average salary within six months of graduating at £26,536.

This was some 22% higher than that of all other graduates (HESA). You can expect to obtain, on average, a starting salary in the region of £25,000 to £35,000 per annum, depending on the discipline. Average UK salaries for 2012/2013 by discipline include:

General Engineering £31,901
Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering £29,703
Mechanical Engineering £25,949
Aerospace Engineering £25,106
Electronic and Electrical Engineering £25,303
Civil Engineering £25,053

(HESA 2012/13)

Strathclyde undergraduate graduates stand out from the UK average, particularly in Electronic and Digital Systems where our graduates average starting salaries were £30,000 in 2014 – the highest in the UK for this discipline.

Salaries for postgraduate students are also encouraging, with the highest starting average salary at £33,558.

Wide range of engineering careers

As the Faculty covers all the key disciplines of Engineering, the range and scope of available careers are vast. Careers in which our graduates have moved into include:

  • Mechanical and Aerospace - graduates have found employment in design and manufacture, research and development management, project engineering and technical support
  • Naval Architects, Ocean and Marine Engineers - graduates find opportunities in ship and offshore design and technical consultancy, ship safety and ship operation and management
  • Civil Engineering - graduates are highly sought after from employers not only in civil engineering and construction but also in areas such as oil and gas, renewable energy, business and accountancy
  • Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management graduates have the opportunity to enjoy careers as design engineers, process engineers, CAD engineers.

Careers service support to students

As a student at Strathclyde, you'll automatically have access to the University Careers Service. This service is on hand to support you with searching for a job, applying for a job and planning your future career. You can also work with them on improving your own CV.

Whether you're looking for help in finding part-time work during your studies, looking for an internship or finding that first graduate position, you should use the Careers Service. Gaining work experience during your studies not only boosts your CV, it also helps you build key contacts and gives you an edge over other graduate engineers.

Visit the Careers website for further information on drop-in sessions and how they can help you.

Industry related scholarships

Our close relationship with industry is further emphasised with our wide variety of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships available. Key industry scholarships not only help ease the financial burden of study, many also offer work placements as well as the opportunity for graduate job interviews.

Visit our scholarships page and view our scholarship brochure to find out more about the scholarships on offer to our students.