Undergraduate Major Details

Mechanical Engineering

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.

Internship Sponsors
Abbott Diabetes Care
ACCO Engineered Systems
Acco Engineering
Air Liquide
Alza Corporation
Alza Johnson & Johnson
California Energy Commission
Care Innovations
E. & J. Gallo Winery
ETM Electromatic
Hill Engineering
Landmark Construction
Los Alamos National Lab
Mercedes LA
Mini Cooper BMW
Mori Seiki
Niagra Bottling, LLC
North Davis Elementary School
UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC)
UC Davis Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability (ESS)
UC Davis Orthopedic Biomechanics Lab
UC Davis Student Recruitment and Retention Center
UCDMC Child Life
UCDMC Orthotics
Valley Engineering Group - Livermore
Western Cooling
Western Cooling Efficiency
Wind Harvest International
Xio Inc

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
2012-13 145 51 35.2%
2013-14 138 34 24.6%

Post-Graduation Endeavor

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+
2012-13 50.0% 29.2% 18.8% 2.1%
2013-14 44.1% 35.3% 14.7% 5.9%
2014-15 62.5% 32.5% 2.5% 2.5%
2015-16 38.8% 34.3% 22.4% 4.5%
2016-17 27.8% 55.6% 16.7% 0.0%
* 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.

Companies Position
ADM Associates Mechanical Engineer
All Star Directories Entry Engineer
Applied Materials 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
NAVAIR Aeromechanical Engineer
R360 Site Manager
Raytheon Company Systems Engineer
Renovo Engineer
Rolls Royce Motor Cars Process Engineer
Schlumberger Field 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
2012-13 $58,789 $58,000
2013-14 $63,222 $58,000
2014-15 $60,238 $58,000
2015-17 $64,875 $73,000