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Mechanical, Automotive & Aerospace Engineering: Insider Views

a guide to careers in mechanical, automotive and aerospace engineering

Mechanical, Automotive & Aerospace Engineering

Insider Views

See what former students have done and get insights into working in the sector

Automotive Careers

Graduate Destinations

Some of our recent graduates working in these areas include:

Find out more about what our graduates do

Steve H - Aerodynamicist

Steven Halsall is an Aerodynamicist for Lola Cars.

"Being a race car designer is a kid's dream job really. I was just always around cars from a pretty young age and my dad owns and runs a garage.

I wrote off to loads of different companies all with just with this letter saying, 'Have you got any jobs, or is there anything that I could do?'"


  • The UK needs engineers, so your skills should be in demand
  • Growth areas include alternative energy and sustainabilty
  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • High salaries are possible for those with specialist expertise


  • Starting salary can be lower than other industries seeking numerate graduates
  • Technology changes constantly. You need to stay up-to-date with developments
  • It can involve long hours, particularly if a project is nearing its conclusion

Alumni Careers Network

Use our Alumni Careers Network to find Sussex graduates working in areas you are interested in. Find out more about what working in that sector is really like, get direct advice and find out if it's right for you!