What can I study after mechanical engineering

One thing is certain: Mechanical engineering graduates do not have to worry about their professional future. On the contrary, well-qualified specialists are desperately wanted. Mechanical engineers rank third among the most wanted graduates in Austria. This is probably also due to the versatile areas of application.

Where do mechanical engineers work?

After starting their careers, graduates often work as company assistants or department heads. When it comes to industrial engineering and mechanical engineering, the start of a career looks a bit more differentiated: thanks to their economic education, they qualify more quickly for positions in middle management or for leadership positions. As a mechanical engineer, you are strongly project-oriented and used to finding answers to technical, individual questions in companies. With this knowledge, you will qualify to work in various fields. A study by IBW shows how broad this area of ​​activity is. The institute has examined job advertisements for technology graduates in more detail and gives you information for which areas of work you are wanted as a mechanical engineering graduate:

  • Manufacturing and construction: 21.8%
  • Research and development: 29.5%
  • Management, administration and personnel management: 39.9%
  • Marketing, sales, customer care: 8.8%

If you are currently looking for a job, you should keep one thing in mind: The AMS research network refers to a study by the IBW and states that only 15% of job advertisements are directed exclusively to one subject. Most of the jobs advertised for mechanical engineers are often also aimed at graduates in electrical engineering or mechatronics. Broaden your view of the bigger picture and look at job advertisements in a related field, you too may be suitable. 💫

Bachelor, Master or PHD?

With a bachelor's degree, you have more general methodological and technical competence. According to a study by Graz University of Technology, employers are well aware of this and state that even Bachelor graduates are interesting for them and have good career opportunities. In the mechanical engineering field, however, is more of a Masters degree common. According to the Ministry of Education, 89.8% of all of Austria have completed a master’s degree in engineering. When you graduate, you should be clear about which position you are aiming for in the future. Depending on the position, employers are looking for graduates with a Bachelor, Master or PHD degree. The VDMA report provides information on exactly what this looks like: *

🔎 Research and development jobs

  • PHD: 19%
  • Master: 46%
  • Bachelor: 15%

📐Jobs in construction

  • PHD: 4%
  • Master: 29%
  • Bachelor: 21%

📋Jobs in project planning

  • PHD: 2%
  • Master: 19%
  • Bachelor: 22

🌟Jobs in product management

  • PHD: 4%
  • Master: 19%
  • Bachelor: 19%

💼Jobs in technical sales

  • PHD: 3%
  • Master: 22%
  • Bachelor: 24%

🛒Jobs in technical purchasing

  • PHD: 1%
  • Master: 10%
  • Bachelor: 18%

🥇Jobs in quality management

  • PHD: 2%
  • Master: 13%
  • Bachelor: 16%

Goodbye minimum study time: longer study time due to master’s degree

The mechanical engineering course is not one of the easiest courses - we are sure not to tell you anything new! This also leads to the minimum duration of study is often exceeded. Throughout Austria, the average study duration for engineering studies is 8.8 semesters for the bachelor's degree and 5.9 semesters for the master’s degree. You don't have to worry about it. “You have to acquire a lot in technology, especially basic knowledge in the bachelor's degree. Research-led teaching is also very important here; it is already used in parallel when working with companies Experience collected - all of this takes time. In addition, the somewhat longer duration of study in technical subjects is lived and learned from the market, "emphasizes Kurt Matyas, Vice-Rector for Studies and Teaching at the Vienna University of Technology.

How do TU graduates get their first job?

Are you looking for a job right now? Then a study by TU Graz will give you very interesting insights: The majority of the graduates surveyed got their first job as a result of their application for an advertised position. 20% rose through theirs Thesis or you Research project straight into the first job. A full 17% found their first job because of one Initiative application. As you can see, it is worthwhile to write your thesis at those companies that would also be suitable for you as an attractive employer, and speculative applications are always worth trying.

Top industries and the most popular employers for mechanical engineering graduates

The top industry for mechanical engineering graduates is of course mechanical and plant engineering in Austria. This branch is one of the most productive and fastest growing in the domestic industry. Companies such as SKF Austria, Kostwein and VACE are among them according to Trend Magazin most popular employers the branch.

In addition to well-known companies such as AVL, Andritz, Anton Paar, AT&S, Siemens, Magna and Infineon, employers such as Altran, Dewetron, Easelink, PWC, TDK and the Know-Center are constantly looking for mechanical engineering graduates - just one to name a few examples. Your field of activity also varies depending on the industry and the size of your employer. While in smaller companies you often have a more comprehensive area of ​​activity in various subject areas, in larger companies this is often smaller, but more specialized.

Various environmental developments will further increase the need for mechanical engineering graduates. Environmental protection, for example, has been added as a further field of activity with interdisciplinary meanings - Topics such as electromobility, biotechnological production processes and energy supply with renewable energies becoming more and more important. Industry 4.0 continues to gain importance in companies and changes the requirements for graduates.

In our blog article "Mechanical engineers: You can count on this salary", we will inform you which knowledge will be required in the future and which additional qualifications you can use to influence your salary in a positive way.

* Data in the field of mechanical engineering in Austria are unfortunately not or only sparingly available. In order to draw a rough picture of the labor market situation for mechanical engineers, we partly rely on results from Germany.