Benefits of studying mechanical engineering

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If you’re considering studying mechanical engineering at university, but are yet to make your final decision, read on for some top benefits to studying this captivating subject.

What is mechanical engineering?

Mechanical engineering is a blend of maths, science and computing. Mechanical engineers are responsible for building the world as we know it. From the smallest nanotechnology to society’s largest constructions such as buildings, cars, and space stations, mechanical engineers are key in their design and development.

Why study mechanical engineering at university?

Broad academic options

Of the engineering disciplines, mechanical engineering is the broadest, allowing you an insight into the other subjects and, as a result, the most diverse career choices.

Unlike other degree programmes, mechanical engineering covers a wide-ranging syllabus, allowing you to learn a variety of skills that are relevant to many types of employment. A qualified professional uses maths and science concepts to design anything requiring moving parts. They might work on anything from cars to heating systems.

This degree programme will likely involve modules in maths, science and design. You’ll learn through laboratory projects, research, fieldwork, and lectures and seminars.

Typical modules may include:

  • solid mechanics
  • systems modelling
  • structural materials
  • biomedical and bioengineering
  • engineering concepts
  • thermodynamics
  • electromechanicals
  • thermofluids

Range of career options

Mechanical engineering is among the prime engineering fields. The graduate job market is known to be hard, but as mechanical engineers use maths and physics practices to design and produce the world’s mechanical devices, graduates tend to be in high demand all around the world. Graduate prospects are therefore better than in most other industries, with most mechanical engineers securing employment soon after finishing university. In 2019, studies showed that within 3 months after graduation, 92% of graduates secured employment (HBO Monitor 2019). As mechanical engineering is such a broad profession, you’ll have plenty of job options available to you.

The majority of graduates go into employment roles in mechanical engineering fields, for example:

  • mechanical engineer
  • aerospace engineer
  • structural engineer
  • civil engineer

However, due to the diversity of their acquired skills, some graduates choose to move into other industries and roles. Some of these might include:

  • transport planner
  • auto electrician
  • Computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinist
  • model maker

Global opportunities

Mechanical engineers are in demand around the world. Every country needs these professionals to work on their society’s many products and services. You could work on a railway project in China or on an oil rig in the North Sea. If travelling the world is a priority for you, or you’ve always wanted to live in a different country, a mechanical engineering degree could help get you there.

High salary opportunities

Mechanical engineers tend to earn healthy salaries. An average base pay in Holland is higher than for many other roles, at around €63,475 (Glassdoor, 2020). Due to their demand in almost every sector, qualified professionals have great employment and career progression prospects.

Forefront of future technologies

If you’re excited by technology and technological advances, mechanical engineering could be the perfect career for you. Mechanical engineers lead on and develop new technologies, so you’ll be at the heart of the process. The fast development of the technological world means that your studies, as well as your career, are unlikely to be boring. Designing products for a range of industries such as robotics, transport, construction and healthcare, you can make a positive and significant impact on the world.

Study mechanical engineering in Holland

If you’d like to study mechanical engineering in Holland, the International Study Centre is a great place to start. You can study the International Foundation Year to gain the required academic and English language skills. From here, you can go on to study at Hanze University of Applied Sciences.

Benefits of studying at Hanze

  • Hanze University of Applied Sciences is ranked in the top 200 in Europe for Teaching (Times Higher Education Europe Teaching Rankings 2018)
  • When studying at Hanze, you’re guaranteed internship opportunities, allowing you to gain real-world experience to kick-start your career. These internships are integrated into the degree programme, so there won’t be any delay to your studies.
  • The work placements are often paid, and you’ll have plenty of support in finding a suitable company that matches your interests.
  • The teaching at Hanze focuses on practical experience, career-centred assignments and real-world case studies. This applied approach prepares you for your career and offers you hands-on skills that will impress prospective employers.
  • Hanze is the biggest applied sciences institution in the north of Holland.

Applying for mechanical engineering

Mechanical engineering is widely thought of as a challenging yet exciting degree programme. As a result of this, entry requirements can be high. You’ll need to demonstrate good grades in your previous studies, and a maths or physics qualification will be especially helpful. Computing, further maths, product design, design technology and the other sciences are all great bonuses to your application. Apply to start your pathway to mechanical engineering.

Regarding your other skills, interests and extracurricular activities, try to mention in your degree application anything that shows your attention to detail, practicality, and your skill for computing, technology and numeracy.

What to do after university?

Once you’ve graduated, you’ll have a range of career opportunities open to you. Previous Hanze students have gone on to work for leading global companies such as Skoda, Adidas, VW, and SEAT. As international graduates have access to post study working visas, they are welcome to continue to live and find work in Holland. This makes it much easier to secure work and many students take up full-time positions with their work placement company.