We are surrounded by machines – both living and mechanical. A mechanical engineer’s knowledge and skills are needed in a remarkable range of industries. The broad skill set used in this discipline opens a wide door of career possibilities.


What is Mechanical Engineering?

When it comes to designing and improving machines, mechanical engineers drive every stage of design, manufacturing, construction, and research. Learn more about what mechanical engineering is.

Career Possibilities

Where will your degree take you? Learn more about what a future in mechanical and materials engineering can look like.

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive and transportation
  • Biomechanics
  • Business administration, management,and entrepreneurship
  • Chemical and petrochemical
  • Construction
  • Consulting
  • Design optimization
  • Energy and power generation
  • Environmental protection or remediation
  • Equipment design and development
  • Heavy equipment
  • Human mobility
  • Industrial engineering
  • Information technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Materials engineering
  • Mechatronics and robotics
  • Metallurgical engineering
  • Nano scale machines
  • Nuclear engineering
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Oil and gas exploration, production, refining and distribution
  • Research and development
  • Sound engineering
  • Structual analyst
  • Internships

    Looking to get a head start on your career? The Queen’s Undergraduate Internship Program (QUIP) gives students the opportunity to take a full-time, paid 12–16-month internship. Apply your skills to the workplace and gain on-the-job experience as you work with one of our many industry partners.

    Learn more about internships

  • Career Services

    Queen's Career services provides in-person and online career support to all students. The Engineering Corporate Relations Department enhances career development and work-integrated learning opportunities for engineering students. They offer a dedicated point of contact within Smith Engineering at Queen's for industry partners looking to recruit Smith Engineering talent.

    Learn more about Career Services

Ash’s Mechanical and Materials Engineering Internship Experience

Hear from Ash Newman-Simmons about his experience working full-time as an intern with Honda.