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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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University of Phoenix12.3%
Texas A&M University8.8%
Pennsylvania State University7.5%
Texas Tech University6.8%
University of Louisiana at Lafayette6.2%
University of Houston5.8%
Community College of the Air Force4.6%
West Virginia University4.3%
University of Texas at Austin4.2%
Louisiana Tech University4.0%
University of Oklahoma3.9%
Oklahoma State University3.9%
University of Florida3.9%
Georgia Institute of Technology -3.7%
Colorado School of Mines3.6%
Louisiana State University and A&M College3.4%
University of Alabama3.1%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Premier Field Engineer SQL||Microsoft Corporation||Moraga, CA||Jul 28, 2016||$153,750|
|Premier Field Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||May 07, 2016||$153,750 -
|Premier Field Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||San Francisco, CA||May 16, 2016||$151,875|
|Field Engineer II||Tic-The Industrial Company||Richmond, CA||Aug 29, 2016||$141,835|
|Premier Field Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||New York, NY||Aug 06, 2015||$140,945|
|Premier Field Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Edison, NJ||Sep 10, 2015||$139,360|
|Premier Field Engineer Sccm||Microsoft Corporation||Mountain House, CA||Jul 16, 2016||$138,367|
|Premier Field Engineer, Active Directory||Microsoft Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Jun 27, 2016||$136,900 -
|Premier Field Engineer Active Directory||Microsoft Corporation||Fremont, CA||Jan 08, 2016||$136,900|
|Premier Field Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Jun 17, 2015||$135,400|
|Premier Field Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Jul 14, 2015||$135,400|
|Premier Field Engineer-Global Business Support or Other||Microsoft Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Sep 12, 2015||$135,400 -
|Premier Field Engineer-Global Business Support or Other||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Aug 12, 2015||$135,400 -
|Premier Field Engineer-Global Business Support or Other||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Nov 30, 2015||$135,400 -
|Field Supp ENG Prin II||Baker Hughes Incorporated||Houston, TX||Sep 20, 2015||$100,309|
|Field Engineer I||Anadarko Petroleum Corporation||The Woodlands, TX||Sep 02, 2015||$100,000|
|Associate Field Engineer||EMC Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Aug 19, 2016||$100,000 -
|Construction Field Engineer||Distinct Engineering Solutions, Inc.||North Brunswick, NJ||Sep 23, 2015||$100,000|
|Field Engineer General||Baker Hughes Incorporated||Midland, TX||Jun 09, 2016||$99,840|
|Premier Field Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Irving, TX||Jul 08, 2015||$99,500|
|Premier Field Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jun 21, 2016||$99,500 -
|Premier Field Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Chicago, IL||Apr 19, 2016||$99,100|
|Field Engineer-Control and Drive Systems||Tmeic Corporation||Roanoke, VA||Jun 26, 2015||$69,971 -
|Field Engineer||Marathon Mechanical, LLC||New York, NY||Aug 28, 2015||$69,659|
|Field Engineer||Herzog Contracting Corp.||Los Angeles, CA||Dec 09, 2016||$69,500|
|Field Engineer||Skanska USA Civil West Ca District, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Sep 16, 2016||$69,300|
|Field Engineer I||Schlumberger Technology Corporation||Alice, TX||Sep 20, 2015||$69,000|
|Field Engineer||Schlumberger Technology Corporation||Houma, LA||Oct 01, 2015||$69,000|
|Field Engineer||Schlumberger Technology Corporation||Strasburg, OH||Apr 01, 2015||$69,000|
|Field Engineer||Schlumberger Technology Corporation||Von Ormy, TX||Feb 15, 2016||$69,000|
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