Career options

Once you have completed your Mechanical Engineering Master’s degree programme you will have a whole choice of options: to find work, continue to study or embark on an academic career. Mechanical engineers from TU Delft are in great demand. After all, you possess a sound technical knowledge and know exactly how to apply it. Moreover, the demand for sustainable, smart, efficient devices, instruments and production processes is only increasing. So there are also plenty of opportunities in the management and advisory side of the profession. And do not forget that you have been trained to solve complex problems independently, always in close collaboration with others. You have a strong analytical capacity and you can also articulate your conclusions convincingly.

Completing a PhD

An academic career begins with a doctoral programme. You will work in an international environment and will continue to deepen and broaden your knowledge over a period of four years through the Graduate School Doctoral Education Programme. Ultimately, you will write a dissertation, incorporating your contribution to science. After you have successfully defended your doctoral dissertation, you may call yourself Dr. Ir. or PhD. The research departments at Mechanical Engineering are:

  • Biomechanical Engineering (BmechE)
  • Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC)
  • Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)
  • Marine and Transport Technology (M&TT)
  • Process and Energy (P&E)
  • Precision and Microsystems Engineering (PME)

Starting work

Once you have graduated, you can go to work for large multinationals as Shell, Akzo, Philips, Siemens, Stork, KLM, car manufacturers, the Port of Rotterdam and breweries, but also for smaller engineering firms. Mechanical engineers are usually employed in highly varied positions that require a flexible attitude. These include positions such as designer, business specialist, entrepreneur, technical consultant, product or project manager or higher management.


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