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Destinations of Cambridge engineers

After Cambridge

Each year around 75% of engineers enter employment within six months of graduation. Another 16-18% choose further study. This can include a taught masters, vocational qualification, research masters or PhD. A small group take a well-earned break after Cambridge to travel and volunteer. Fortunately only around 3% are still seeking work or further study six months after graduation.

Typical engineering employers of Cambridge graduates

AECOM Argon Design Ltd Arup Atelier Ten
Atkins BP BuroHappold Engineering Cambridge Consultants
Cambridge Medical Robotics Dyson Jaguar Land Rover Laing O'Rourke
Mott Macdonald Palantir Procter and Gamble Rolls Royce
Shell Softwire StarLeaf The Technology Partnership

Becoming a Chartered Engineer

Many Cambridge Engineers choose to continue their personal development by working towards Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. Chartered Engineers hold the highest status in the engineering profession and are recognised worldwide. The Cambridge MEng course is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) by the main Professional bodies (https://www.admissions.eng.cam.ac.uk/information/accreditation).

The Engineering Council sets and maintains the internationally recognised standards of professional competence and ethics. Further details on becoming a chartered engineer.

Many engineering graduate schemes will provide structured support, approved by the professional bodies, to gain CEng status (4-6 years after graduation). Further details at Target Jobs and the Engineering Council.

If you work for a smaller organisation, without a training scheme, it is still possible to work towards professional registration by developing your own profile of competence and experience.

Salary expectations for Engineers

Starting salaries for engineering graduate schemes are in the range £24-£35k. Some employers, typically in oil and gas, technical consultancy and IT will pay more.

The Engineer’s 2019 Salary Survey provides a comprehensive round up of UK salaries by experience level and engineering sector and geographical region in the UK.