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Become An Engineer Apprentice

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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

  • $80,000

    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
Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Foreman Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Foreman
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Foreman Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Stationary Engineer Building Engineer Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Stationary Engineer Building Engineer Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Stationary Engineer Hvac Technician Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Building Engineer Lead Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Operations Engineer Project Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Operations Engineer Operations Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Operations Engineer Consultant Senior Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineering Technician Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineering Technician Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineering Technician Designer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Systems Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Process Engineer Plant Engineer
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Engineer Apprentice Demographics

Gender

Male

73.5%

Female

15.2%

Unknown

11.4%
Ethnicity

White

57.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

10.4%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.2%

German

9.3%

French

9.3%

Arabic

7.0%

Carrier

4.7%

Hindi

4.7%

Portuguese

2.3%

Marathi

2.3%

Urdu

2.3%

Malayalam

2.3%

Tamil

2.3%

Italian

2.3%
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Engineer Apprentice Education

Schools

Triton College

15.3%

Community College of the Air Force

12.2%

Wayne State University

5.1%

Houston Community College

5.1%

Moraine Valley Community College

5.1%

University of Alabama at Huntsville

5.1%

Macomb Community College

4.1%

Joliet Junior College

4.1%

Texas A&M University

4.1%

James Madison University

4.1%

A-Technical College

4.1%

Kennesaw State University

4.1%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.1%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.1%

Lawrence Technological University

4.1%

University of Alabama

3.1%

Ohio University -

3.1%

Saint Louis University-

3.1%

George Washington University

3.1%

Arizona State University

3.1%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

18.6%

Electrical Engineering

12.2%

Business

11.2%

Engineering

11.0%

Heating And Air Conditioning

5.6%

Computer Science

4.9%

Civil Engineering

4.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.7%

Industrial Engineering

3.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.9%

Education

2.4%

Management

2.4%

Criminal Justice

2.4%

Computer Engineering

2.4%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.4%

Psychology

2.2%

Aerospace Engineering

2.2%

Accounting

2.0%

Industrial Technology

1.7%

Communication

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.2%

Other

29.2%

Masters

12.2%

Associate

9.4%

Certificate

5.9%

Diploma

2.1%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.3%
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  • Performed preventative maintenance and maintained schedules for equipment and machinery.
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