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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 Latino9.4%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Dayton10.1%
University of Florida8.4%
Pennsylvania State University8.4%
North Carolina State University5.9%
Georgia Institute of Technology -5.0%
University of Illinois at Chicago5.0%
Ferris State University4.2%
University of Washington4.2%
Rochester Institute of Technology4.2%
University of Texas at Austin4.2%
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute4.2%
Missouri University of Science and Technology3.4%
Grand Valley State University3.4%
University of California - Davis3.4%
University of Idaho3.4%
University of California - Berkeley3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Energy Engineer||Theorem GEO Associates LLC||Saint Petersburg, FL||Apr 22, 2016||$200,000|
|SR. Energy Analysis Engineer||Autodesk, Inc.||Waltham, MA||Aug 03, 2015||$166,837|
|Consortium Energy/Engineering Underwriter||Navigators Management Company, Inc.||Houston, TX||Aug 30, 2015||$150,000 -
|Project Manager, Energy Engineering||WTG Gaus Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 27, 2016||$132,621|
|Energy Engineer-IR||San Diego Gas &Amp; Electric Company||San Diego, CA||Sep 15, 2016||$125,000|
|Senior Energy Engineer||Enernoc, Inc.||Boston, MA||Apr 26, 2016||$120,009|
|Senior Energy Engineer||Ecology Action of Santa Cruz||Santa Cruz, CA||Jan 29, 2015||$116,480 -
|Mechanical/Energy Engineer||Dewberry Design Builders, Inc.||Costa Mesa, CA||Nov 04, 2016||$113,131|
|Project Manager, Energy Engineer||Henegan Construction Co. Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 08, 2016||$110,000|
|Energy Engineer||Loring Consulting Engineers, Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 27, 2016||$109,000|
|Project Manager, Energy Engineer||Henegan Construction Co., Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 10, 2016||$108,160|
|Energy Engineer||Loring Consulting Engineers, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 10, 2016||$105,000 -
|Senior Energy Engineer-Opx Services||Greeneru, Inc.||Watertown Town, MA||Jan 14, 2016||$104,750|
|Energy Engineer||The Efficiency Network, Inc.||Pittsburgh, PA||Mar 26, 2015||$104,395|
|Energy Engineer||ARUP North America Limited||Los Angeles, CA||Feb 18, 2016||$79,040|
|Energy Engineer||Peter Basso Associates Inc.||Troy, MI||Jun 09, 2015||$78,666|
|Intermediate Engineer/Energy Engineer II||Lincus, Inc.||Emeryville, CA||Sep 01, 2015||$78,500|
|Energy Engineer||Hudson Technologies Company||Tulsa, OK||Aug 30, 2016||$78,000|
|Energy Engineer||Elara Energy Services, Inc.||Hillside, IL||Dec 29, 2016||$77,750|
|Energy Engineer II||Clearesult Consulting, Inc.||Downers Grove, IL||Aug 30, 2016||$77,750|
|Energy Engineer||Elara Energy Services, Inc.||Hillside, IL||May 10, 2016||$77,750|
|Energy Engineer II||Clearesult Consulting, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 10, 2016||$76,586|
|Building Energy Analysis Engineer||Center for Energy and Environment||Minneapolis, MN||Aug 12, 2015||$70,200|
|Energy Engineer||Ameresco, Inc.||Framingham, MA||Mar 09, 2016||$70,000|
|Energy Engineer||The Efficiency Network, Inc.||Pittsburgh, PA||Jan 26, 2015||$70,000|
|Energy Engineer||The Efficiency Network, Inc.||Pittsburgh, PA||Aug 14, 2015||$70,000|
|Energy Engineer||Nestbuilders, Inc.||Philadelphia, PA||Oct 01, 2015||$70,000|
|Energy Engineer||Peter Basso Associates, Inc.||Troy, MI||Jan 04, 2016||$70,000|
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