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Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineers who sell services publicly must be licensed in all states and the District of Columbia.Education
Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineering programs usually include courses in mathematics and life and physical sciences, as well as engineering and design courses. Mechanical engineering technology programs focus less on theory and more on the practical application of engineering principles. They may emphasize internships and co-ops to prepare students for work in industry.
Some colleges and universities offer 5-year programs that allow students to obtain both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Some 5-year or even 6-year cooperative plans combine classroom study with practical work, enabling students to gain valuable experience and earn money to finance part of their education.
ABET accredits programs in engineering and engineering technology. Most employers prefer to hire students from an accredited program. A degree from an ABET-accredited program is usually necessary to become a licensed professional engineer.Important Qualities
Creativity. Mechanical engineers design and build complex pieces of equipment and machinery. A creative mind is essential for this kind of work.
Listening skills. Mechanical engineers often work on projects with others, such as architects and computer scientists. They must listen to and analyze different approaches made by other experts to complete the task at hand.
Math skills. Mechanical engineers use the principles of calculus, statistics, and other advanced subjects in math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.
Mechanical skills. Mechanical skills allow engineers to apply basic engineering concepts and mechanical processes to the design of new devices and systems.
Problem-solving skills. Mechanical engineers need good problem-solving skills to take scientific discoveries and use them to design and build useful products.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as a mechanical engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires
The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.
Several states require engineers to take continuing education to renew their licenses every year. Most states recognize licensure from other states, as long as the other state’s licensing requirements meet or exceed their own licensing requirements.
Several professional organizations offer a variety of certification programs for engineers to demonstrate competency in specific fields of mechanical engineering.Advancement
A Ph.D. is essential for engineering faculty positions in higher education, as well as for some research and development programs. Mechanical engineers may earn graduate degrees in engineering or business administration to learn new technology, broaden their education, and enhance their project management skills. Mechanical engineers may become administrators or managers after obtaining the requisite experience.
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Hispanic or Latino10.9%
Black or African American0.8%
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University of Phoenix11.1%
Maine Maritime Academy7.4%
Minnesota State University - Mankato7.4%
Massachusetts Maritime Academy7.4%
University of the Potomac3.7%
Indiana Institute of Technology3.7%
Community College of the Air Force3.7%
Wor-Wic Community College3.7%
University of Florida3.7%
University of West Florida3.7%
University of California - Los Angeles3.7%
California Baptist University3.7%
Linn-Benton Community College3.7%
Advanced Technology Institute3.7%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Chief Engineer, Diesel Engines||Ricardo Inc.||Van Buren, MI||Mar 11, 2011||$117,877|
|Chief Engineer, Diesel Engines||Ricardo Inc.||Van Buren, MI||May 06, 2011||$117,877|
|Diesel On Board Diagnostics Engineer||Ford Motor Company||Dearborn, MI||Aug 17, 2015||$93,850 -
|Diesel Engine OBD Calibration Engineer||FCA Us LLC||Auburn Hills, MI||Oct 28, 2016||$93,000|
|Diesel Calibration Engineer||Altair Productdesign, Inc.||Dearborn, MI||Jan 09, 2016||$92,454|
|Diesel Engine Calibration Engineer||FCA Us LLC||Auburn Hills, MI||Jul 09, 2016||$90,000|
|Diesel Engine Calibration Engineer||Chrysler Group LLC||Auburn Hills, MI||Mar 17, 2014||$90,000|
|Diesel Calibration Engineer||Altair Productdesign, Inc.||Troy, MI||Feb 13, 2015||$89,440|
|Project Engineer I-Diesel Engine Development||AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc.||Plymouth, MI||Sep 20, 2011||$89,267|
|Advanced Diesel Engineer||General Motors Company||Pontiac, MI||Sep 21, 2016||$85,420|
|Diesel Calibration Engineer||FCA Us LLC||Auburn Hills, MI||Dec 14, 2015||$85,044|
|Systems Engineer: Diesel Engines||Siemens Industry, Inc.||Sacramento, CA||Jul 14, 2010||$85,000|
|Diesel Calibration Engineer||Altair Productdesign, Inc.||Dearborn, MI||Sep 01, 2013||$83,480|
|Diesel Engine OBD Calibration Engineer||FCA Us LLC||Auburn Hills, MI||Mar 28, 2016||$83,478|
|Diesel Engine OBD Calibration Engineer||Chrysler Group LLC||Auburn Hills, MI||May 19, 2014||$83,478|
|Diesel Engine On-Board Diagnostics Calibration Engineer||Detroit Diesel Corporation||Detroit, MI||Oct 27, 2014||$81,000|
|Diesel Engine Techinal Manager||Goltens New York Corp.||New York, NY||Sep 27, 2010||$80,000|
|Diesel Aftertreatment Engineer||IAV Automotive Engineering Inc.||Northville, MI||Aug 20, 2016||$79,950|
|Project Engineer, Diesel Engine Development||FEV, Inc.||Auburn Hills, MI||Jan 10, 2014||$73,000|
|Lead Diesel Failure Calibration Engineer||Ford Motor Company||Dearborn, MI||Jan 07, 2016||$70,179 -
|Project Engineer-Diesel Engine Development||FEV, Inc.||Auburn Hills, MI||Nov 17, 2011||$68,328|
|Diesel Engine Calibration Engineer||Deere & Company||Waterloo, IA||Oct 01, 2012||$68,000 -
|Project Engineer-Diesel Engine Development||FEV, Inc.||Auburn Hills, MI||Jan 10, 2011||$66,560|
|Project Engineer-Diesel Engine Development||FEV, Inc.||Auburn Hills, MI||Nov 01, 2010||$66,560|
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