Careers in Mechanical Engineering

What Can You Do with a Mechanical Engineering Degree?

Mechanical engineers can work in virtually any industry — anywhere a device or system is involved — which makes the opportunities broad and the candidates in high demand.

Mechanical Engineering graduates can find careers in a broad range of industries throughout Southern California, the United States and internationally, including:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Bioengineering
  • Environmental
  • Product design
  • Manufacturing industries
  • Government

Some of the top employers of USD graduates are:

  • Boeing
  • Caterpillar
  • General Atomics
  • GKN Aerospace
  • Lockheed Martin Energy Solutions
  • Northrop Grumman
  • NuVasive
  • Parker Hannifin
  • Raytheon
  • Solar Turbines Inc.
  • United States Navy

Graduate Success Stories

The best way to see the mechanical engineering degree at work is to take a look at our alumni. Ninety-five percent of USD graduates have a job offer or are accepted to graduate school before graduating or within months of graduating USD.

Graduates of the USD Mechanical Engineering program often continue to get advanced degrees in mechanical engineering, business, law, medicine and other fields. Here's a selection of alumni success stories:

  • Casey Weiss works in golf club manufacturing at R&D Irons Group at TaylorMade Golf Company in Carlsbad, CA.
  • David Leyva is a mechanical engineer for Transaction Printhead Group, TPG, a dot matrix printhead
    company in San Diego, CA.
  • Jeff Inlow is a research and development engineer with MicroVention in Tustin, CA.
  • Vincent Atofau is a proposal analyst at Northrop Grumman in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Chris Neithardt is a manufacturing engineer in the advanced prototype harnessing division at Glenair Inc., an aerospace manufacturing company specializing in high performance connectors and harnesses in Glendale, CA.

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