Manufacturing & Transportation

Interested in pursuing a future in Manufacturing & Transportation? Find resources, events, opportunities, and advice to confirm your interest and kickstart your career.

Explore a career path in Manufacturing & Transportation

Are you interested in the way people and things move throughout the world? Are you a creative engineer with an eye for efficiency or design? Maybe you’re a little bit of both! Whether you want to build and program autonomous vehicles, sustainably fabricate the batteries for electronics, or manage the supply chains that make it all possible, there are opportunities for you in the field of manufacturing and transportation. This field is all about movement and change. Put your innovative perspective and unique skills to work testing and sampling construction materials as transportation engineer, searching for ways to sustainably improve production rates as a manufacturing engineer, envisioning new traffic patterns as an engineering consultant, or disrupting the industry with an unprecedented new idea. Visit Handshake to see all the jobs available in this exciting field.


The field of manufacturing combines the best of engineering, technical expertise, design, and business offering endless opportunities for those with a strong background in STEM fields. Those who work in the field of manufacturing are in the business of making things, and there are many ways you can engage with that process as a professional.

Aeronautics & Astronautics

We’ve been flying at MIT for more than a century. Aeronautical and Astronautical engineers keep pushing forward designing aircraft, satellites, new propulsion systems, and studying the systems and materials required to keep it all in the air. Work in this field offers the opportunity to live MIT’s “mens et manus” motto and take to the sky.      


Transportation is growing and changing quickly with advances in new technology like AI and computer vision as society faces new challenges like climate change and public health. Work in this industry promises to be exciting as it engages the interdisciplinary space between technology, research, government, and engineering.  

Supply Chain

Supply Chain is a field for problem solvers and leaders who like a fast pace. There are opportunities in almost every sector, and there are many ways to be involved from product design and life-cycle to maintaining business relationships. Engineers in this field are concerned with all the processes through which raw materials become products we use everyday.

Could Air Someday Power Your Flight? Airlines Are Betting on It.

By Paige McClanahan | Jan. 19, 2023

New technologies, including one fuel extracted from the atmosphere itself, could make flying more sustainable. But the challenges are many and the timeline is uncertain.

By the middle of this century, most cars and buses …

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Facts about Manufacturing: The Top 18 Facts You Need to Know

Published by National Association of Manufacturing

8. By 2030, 4 million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed. 

Over the next decade, 4 million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed, and 2.1 million are expected to go unfilled if …

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Bridging careers in aerospace manufacturing and fusion energy, with a focus on intentional inclusion

By: Turner Jackson | MIT Energy Initiative

“A big theme of my life has been focusing on intentional inclusion and how I can create environments where people can really bring their whole authentic selves to work,” says Joy Dunn ’08. As …

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Strengthening America’s manufacturing base

In a visit to MIT, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Heidi Shyu talked about the DoD’s role in strengthening U.S. manufacturing.

Julie Diop | Department of Mechanical Engineering

Publication Date: January 3, 2023

“U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for …

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Landmark Bio opens cell and gene therapy manufacturing center in Watertown

By Ryan Cross Globe Staff, Updated October 27, 2022, 5:00 a.m.

Backed with $75 million from Harvard, MIT, and other local institutions, the company aims to help startups produce experimental therapies.

Three years ago a coalition of life science leaders at …

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