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Working As An Engineer Apprentice

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $84,296

    Average Salary

What Does An Engineer Apprentice Do

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

Duties

Mechanical engineers typically do the following:

  • Analyze problems to see how mechanical and thermal devices might help solve a particular problem
  • Design or redesign mechanical and thermal devices or subsystems, using analysis and computer-aided design
  • Develop and test prototypes of devices they design
  • Analyze the test results and change the design or system as needed
  • Oversee the manufacturing process for the device

Mechanical engineers design and oversee the manufacture of many products ranging from medical devices to new batteries.

Mechanical engineers design power-producing machines, such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines, as well as power-using machines, such as refrigeration and air-conditioning systems.

Mechanical engineers design other machines inside buildings, such as elevators and escalators. They also design material-handling systems, such as conveyor systems and automated transfer stations.

Like other engineers, mechanical engineers use computers extensively. Mechanical engineers are routinely responsible for the integration of sensors, controllers, and machinery. Computer technology helps mechanical engineers create and analyze designs, run simulations and test how a machine is likely to work, interact with connected systems, and generate specifications for parts.

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How To Become An Engineer Apprentice

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

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

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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Engineer Apprentice Career Paths

Engineer Apprentice
Maintenance Technician Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Chief Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Operations Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Stationary Engineer Chief Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Engineer Process Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Stationary Engineer Building Engineer Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Operations Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Engineer Engineering Supervisor Facility Engineer
Facilities/Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Chief Engineer Field Service Technician Field Engineer
Field Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Technician Production Supervisor
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Engineer Project Engineering Manager Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Production Supervisor General Foreman
Mechanical Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Process Engineer Plant Engineer
Plant Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Manufacturing Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Assistant Field Technician Surveyor
Survey Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Foreman Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Engineer Apprentice Demographics

Gender

Male

79.6%

Female

18.3%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

55.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

11.0%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.1%

German

6.3%

French

6.3%

Carrier

6.3%

Hindi

6.3%

Portuguese

3.1%

Marathi

3.1%

Urdu

3.1%

Malayalam

3.1%

Arabic

3.1%

Tamil

3.1%

Italian

3.1%
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Engineer Apprentice Education

Schools

Triton College

14.5%

Community College of the Air Force

8.1%

University of Alabama at Huntsville

6.5%

Moraine Valley Community College

4.8%

Bowie State University

4.8%

Kennesaw State University

4.8%

Saint Louis University-

4.8%

Houston Community College

4.8%

Universal Technical Institute

4.8%

George Washington University

4.8%

Lawrence Technological University

4.8%

University of Kansas

4.8%

Jackson State University

4.8%

Texas A&M University

3.2%

University of Maryland - University College

3.2%

University of Alabama

3.2%

University of Memphis

3.2%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3.2%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

3.2%

Kettering University

3.2%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

16.2%

Electrical Engineering

12.0%

Business

10.7%

Engineering

10.3%

Computer Science

6.0%

Heating And Air Conditioning

5.1%

Industrial Engineering

4.7%

Civil Engineering

4.3%

Management

3.4%

Criminal Justice

3.0%

Computer Engineering

3.0%

Education

2.6%

Psychology

2.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.6%

Accounting

2.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Industrial Technology

2.1%

Systems Engineering

2.1%

Aerospace Engineering

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.2%

Other

32.0%

Masters

13.7%

Associate

7.0%

Certificate

5.4%

Diploma

1.9%

Doctorate

0.8%
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  • Performed preventative maintenance and maintained schedules for equipment and machinery.
  • Updated and interpreted over 250 mechanical and electrical CAD drawings on military installations.
  • Maintained all air cooled chillers, airhandlers units, changed air filters andtrouble shooting pneumatic thermostats.
  • Job responsibilities included Computer Aided Drafting, GPS Surveying and Geographic Information Systems

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