I'm 35. Have been doing mechanical design for 13 years and since I took my 1st graduate job I've been the youngest mechanical design engineer in the office EVERYWHERE I've worked. I discussed this with a fellow electrical designer who is the same age as me. He is in the same boat. We agreed that the reason for this phenomenon is that kids just want to study media degrees or become celebrities. Anyone else noticed this? Some kids must do mechanical design degrees. Where do they work? Or are the all on the dole given the current crapness of manufacturing in the UK?