Careers and employability

Our graduates work internationally, in a range of public and private sector organisations from major civil engineering companies to world leading research institutes.

List of industry sectors our graduates work in:

  • Building services
  • Engineering consultancies
  • Environmental management
  • Local authorities
  • Regulation agencies
  • Research institutes
  • Water companies

List of companies our graduates work for:

  • Amey UK
  • Arup
  • Atkins (UK)
  • CH2MHill
  • China Coal Technology & Engineering Group
  • Environment Agency UK
  • Hoare Lea
  • Hulley and Kirkwood Consulting Engineers
  • International Paint UK
  • Quansoft Solutions, India

List of job titles our graduates have:

  • Building Physics Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Consultant Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Environmental Modeller
  • Fire Engineer
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Researcher
  • Structural Engineer
  • Sustainability Consultant

Tom Cains, MSc Architectural Engineering Design graduated 2014
(First degree: Physics)
Currently: Graduate Building Physics Engineer, CH2MHill

I've always had an interest in the built environment. Studying physics gave me theoretical knowledge about how the world works and I chose this course to help me to learn how to apply this knowledge to the real world. One of my final year physics projects was to create an ‘off-the-grid’ home capable of self-sustaining for 50 years, which added to my interest in this field.

I chose the course because it is well-structured with a good mix of engineering and design. It lays a solid foundation to build a career in architectural engineering.

In my current role as a building physics engineer, half of my job is helping to design buildings to maximise their operating efficiency. This includes heating, cooling, ventilation, carbon and energy strategies. The other half of my job is presenting these designs to and persuading them to integrate sustainable solutions into their buildings.

All of the employers thought the course was progressive. By combining the technical design with sustainability concepts, the employer was able to see how I would be able to fit into current practices whilst being able to drive future schools of thought in the industry.

Amber Banbury, MSc in Architectural Engineering Design graduated 2012
(First degree: Architecture).
Currently: Environmental Modeller, Hoare Lea

The course provides a strong foundation in sustainability, design, thermodynamics and building services. It's an intense course, you learn a lot in a short amount of time. If there's anything you're unsure about there's always someone willing to take the time to help. Having an A Level in mathematics and physics was very useful for this course, particularly as my degree in architecture was very design focussed. There was some mathematics in the course that I hadn't learnt before, but that others from more engineering backgrounds already knew. Equally though, there were some modules in the architecture school that I was better prepared for. Having students from different backgrounds, meant that we could all help each other in different fields. This is one of the ways the course really succeeds in bridging the gap between architecture and engineering.

I have been working at Hoare Lea as an Environmental Modeller for two years. When I went for the interview, they were really interested in the course, I took some examples of work and my dissertation and they were impressed. It was great having something to demonstrate my enthusiasm for sustainability and thermal dynamics. I know from talking to my employer since, that this was one of the things that made me stand out. With a background in architecture, I'm not your typical environmental modeller, but this seems to give a unique perspective to the role.

Iason PelekisIason Pelekis, Msc Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics, graduated 2014
Currently: PhD in the Future Infrastructure and Build Environment MRes at The University of Cambridge

I chose Sheffield because they offer a very intensive MSc focusing on basic knowledge during the first term and then specialising in the second term, a combination I was looking for. Also, the academic environment is truly international, including students and teaching staff from all over the world. Finally, the University is one of the most prestigious in the UK for its academic research excellence in Civil Engineering.

I hope to move into academia as a researcher or lecturer and the experience I had in Sheffield was a perfect stepping stone for that.

Wan Muhammad Djawad Bin Wan DzahanurinWan Muhammad Djawad Wan Dzahanurin, MSc Steel Construction, graduated 2015
Currently: Technical Manager, Malaysia

I chose my course for the MSc Steel Construction modules, the steel heritage in Sheffield and student satisfaction being very high for the university. My studies changed my life in many ways and I’m eternally grateful for having the opportunity to study in the department. I am even marrying my partner who I met in there. I hope Sheffield will continue to inspire and affect positively those who find themselves there.

I am a Technical Manager at a privately owned company in Malaysia; we design lifting equipment. My role is to oversee all projects and serve as a consultant to handle all technical related matters.

Eleni Kalyva Msc Architectural Engineering Design graduated 2013
(First degree: Civil Engineering)
Currently: Graduate Engineer at Hulley and Kirkwood Consulting Engineers

I graduated with a first class BEng Civil Engineering degree from Kingston University, London. During the last year of my Bachelor's degree I chose my dissertation topic to be 'Design of a sustainable school in the UK', where I was introduced to BREEAM standards and efficient building design. My dissertation topic got me interested in the design of sustainable and efficient buildings. Seeking to gain more technical knowledge on this field, I chose the MSc course in Architectural Engineering Design at Sheffield as the modules and course structure were ideal.

Coming from a Civil Engineering background, modules such as Thermodynamics and Computational Fluid dynamics were quite challenging but with the very well explained lectures and continuous support through tutorials, the challenges were easily overcome. A very important aspect of the course was the flexibility in developing our final dissertation topics. My MSc dissertation topic was about 'Optimisation of Passivhaus dwellings located in London to reduce summer overheating risk', which stimulated my interest in dynamic simulation.

I was approached by a number of employers and was offered a job as a Graduate Sustainability Engineer in a high profile M&E consultancy before graduating. I was told that the industry is lacking in graduates with a complete understanding on building performance and technical knowledge on efficient building design; exactly what the AED course offered, making me a competitive candidate.