Career Overview

Our graduates engage in interesting and challenging work in every phase of modern technology, creatively problem-solving in fascinating careers that stretch their talents in unexpected ways. A degree in mechanical engineering offers unlimited freedom in pursuing your dream job in a diverse array of industries in engineering, business, design, medicine, law, and government.

Companies hiring recent graduates: Bechtel Marine Propulsion, Caterpillar, Kiewit, John Deere, Nucor, RPM & Associates, L-3 Communications, Honda R&D Americas, Trail King, Halliburton, 3M, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Cargill, Emerson Process Management, Baker Hughes, LyondellBasell, Applied Control Equipment, Polaris Industries, Vermeer, Worthington Industries, National Oilwell VARCO, Pathfinder Energy, Burns & McDonnell, Western States Fire Protection, Garmin, Cliffs Natural Resources, Cloud Peak Energy, Arch Coal, Bobcat, Buhler Industries, CCC Group, Masaba Mining Equipment, Michelin, Gyrodata, Boeing, Gerdau, Hormel, Lockheed Martin, Schlumberger, Vishay Dale

Average starting salary: $60,191 (2012-13)

Placement rate: 98% of 2012-13 SDSM&T graduates are working in their career field or pursuing advanced degrees.

Career Opportunities for ME Graduates 
There is a wide range of job opportunities for mechanical engineers in the US. The following links provide some useful information about the job outlook for the mechanical engineering profession:

Our Industrial Advisory Board and industrial partners advise us on how well our graduates meet the needs of the industry and support our programs in applied research and practical hands-on training.

ME Industrial Advisory Board:

  • Casey Allen, BSME94, MSME01
  • Wayne Baumberger, BSME96
  • Dave Berg, BSME73
  • Pete Birrenkott, BSME71
  • Pete Chikos, BSME79
  • Randy Clarksean, BSME83
  • Don Cuperus
  • Dennis Deinert, BSME70
  • Paul Gnirk, MINE59
  • Brian Goetsch, BSME98
  • Patrick Hallauer, BSME76
  • Steven Henning, BSME89
  • Tim Holleman, BSME71
  • Chris Kruschke, BSME93
  • Ritch Larsen, BSME75
  • Mike Mueller, BSME85
  • Larry Pearson, BSME72
  • Scott Reisenauer, BSME94
  • Mike Rizor, BSME90
  • Matthew Schulte, BSME09
  • Paul Sheets, BSME91
  • Ralph Wagner, BSME75
  • Daniel Weinacht, BSME84
  • Dale Wilen, BSME85
  • Mike Wood, BSME03

"The structure, support, and confidence that my education at SDSM&T provided has molded me into the professional I am today."

Mark Stadel
Plant Manager
Ring Container Technologies
BS mechanical engineering, SDSM&T, 1996