Undergraduate Major Details
What Can I Do With This Major?
About this major
The Mechanical Engineering major is in the College of Engineering.
A great starting point when you are unsure what careers relate to your academic interests. Check out specific job titles, work places and links to related professional organizations:
The following are examples of locations where students in this major have completed internships in past years. If you're a student thinking about participating in an internship, this list is a great place to start your search.
|Abbott Diabetes Care|
|ACCO Engineered Systems|
|Alza Johnson & Johnson|
|California Energy Commission|
|E. & J. Gallo Winery|
|Los Alamos National Lab|
|Mini Cooper BMW|
|Niagra Bottling, LLC|
|North Davis Elementary School|
|UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies|
|UC Davis Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability (ESS)|
|UC Davis Orthopedic Biomechanics Lab|
|UCDMC Child Life|
|Valley Engineering Group - Livermore|
|Western Cooling Efficiency|
|Wind Harvest International|
Graduating Class Demographics
The following are self-reported data from the Internship and Career Center's First Destination Survey (FDS). The FDS provides a snapshot of what students in this major do directly following graduation. In some instances, the sample size is too small to report reliable results.
|Year||Graduating Class||Completed First Destination Survey||Response Rate|
Some graduates immediately enter the workforce, whereas others pursue further education. Some have different plans entirely. The table below details what students in this major typically do following graduation.
|Year||Employed*||Seeking Employment||Attending Graduate School||Other+|
|* Employment includes having any job, not just a full-time career-related position.
+ Other endeavors typically include traveling or family obligations.
Of those students from this major who enter the workforce, the table below lists their employer and job title. This list is not exhaustive, and is just meant to provide basic guidance to upcoming graduates looking to enter the workforce. Check out this diverse list of jobs, and then use it to start your own search.
|ADM Associates||Mechanical Engineer|
|All Star Directories||Entry Engineer|
|Applied Materials||Technical Support Engineer|
|Applied Medical Resources||Process Engineer|
|California Tomato Machinery / Westside Equipment Co.||Project Engineer|
|CBOL Corporation||Project Coordinator|
|DMG Mori||Software Engineering Intern|
|Emerson Process Management||Automation Engineer|
|Energy Experts International||Project Engineer|
|FM Global||Consultant Engineer|
|Four Wheel Campers||Process Engineer|
|Gas Technologies Institute||Intern|
|General Atomics||Mechanical Engineer|
|Google, Inc||Manufacturing Engineer|
|Johnson Controls||Sales Engineer|
|LightRiver Technologies, Inc||Field Engineer|
|Lin Engineering||Applications Engineer|
|Little Prague Bar||Bartender|
|Lockheed Martin Corp||Associate Systems Engineer|
|Lockheed Martin Corp||Mechanical Engineer Associate|
|Raytheon Company||Systems Engineer|
|Rolls Royce Motor Cars||Process Engineer|
|Sculpt Labs||Mechanical Engineer|
|Tesoro Corp||Mechanical Engineer|
|Union Pacific||Manager of Locomotive Maintenance|
|United Airlines||Staff Engineer|
|United States Army||Engineer|
|University of California, Davis||Assistant Engineer|
|Visicon Technologies Inc.||Systems Engineer|
Salary Summary Statistics
The table below presents the salary distribution for recent graduates who reported full-time employment in the FDS. Salaries vary widely by position type and geography. Thus, the numbers below are a rough guide to what graduates in this major can expect to make in a 'typical' entry-level position.
|Year||Mean||Median||Minimum||Maximum||25th Percentile||75th Percentile|