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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 Latino9.0%
Black or African American2.0%
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Rochester Institute of Technology9.4%
Pennsylvania State University7.5%
Arizona State University5.7%
Youngstown State University5.7%
Bluefield State College5.7%
Oklahoma State University5.7%
Lawrence Technological University5.7%
Utah State University5.7%
University of Connecticut3.8%
North Carolina State University3.8%
University of Washington3.8%
University of South Carolina - Columbia3.8%
University of Colorado at Boulder3.8%
State University of New York Buffalo3.8%
Wayne State University3.8%
University of Alabama at Birmingham3.8%
University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez3.8%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Hydraulic Fracturing Modeling Engineer||BP America Inc.||Houston, TX||Jun 10, 2014||$124,238|
|Hydraulic Francturing Modeling Engineer||BP America Inc.||Houston, TX||Oct 06, 2016||$122,100|
|Hydraulic Fracturing Modeling Engineer||BP America Inc.||Houston, TX||Oct 06, 2016||$122,100|
|Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation Engineering Special||Apex Petroleum Engineering, Inc.||Englewood, CO||Jun 15, 2013||$121,000|
|Hydraulic Fracturing Modeling Engineer||BP America Inc.||Houston, TX||Aug 30, 2016||$120,536 -
|Hydraulic Fracture Monitoring Engineer||Schlumberger Technology Corporation||Houston, TX||Dec 01, 2012||$118,300|
|Hydraulic Fracturing Modeling Engineer||BP America Inc.||Houston, TX||Aug 30, 2016||$108,500 -
|Pipeline Hydraulic Engineer||URS Corporation||Houston, TX||Feb 19, 2016||$106,246|
|Mechanical and Hydraulics Engineer||Pacific Drilling Services, Inc.||Houston, TX||Jul 07, 2014||$105,260|
|Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation Engineering Special||Apex Petroleum Engineering, Inc.||Englewood, CO||Jun 15, 2011||$105,000|
|Pipeline Hydraulic Engineer||URS Corporation||Houston, TX||Jan 23, 2015||$101,171|
|Hydraulic Pump Modeling Engineer||Ford Motor Company||Dearborn, MI||Sep 11, 2015||$91,562 -
|Hydraulics Engineer||Jungheinrich Design Center Houston||Houston, TX||Nov 15, 2012||$90,000|
|Hydraulics Engineer||Jungheinrich Design Center Houston||Houston, TX||Dec 08, 2013||$90,000|
|Hydraulic Engineer||Taco, Inc.||Cranston, RI||Sep 08, 2015||$88,920|
|Hydraulic Engineer||West Consultants, Inc.||Folsom, CA||Oct 01, 2013||$88,172|
|Flow Assurance Hydraulic Engineer||GL Noble Denton, Inc.||Houston, TX||Aug 29, 2015||$87,550 -
|Hydraulic Engineer||URS Corporation||Oakland, CA||May 05, 2014||$87,404|
|Hydraulics Engineer||Benteler Automotive Corporation||Holland, MI||Jan 27, 2016||$86,397|
|Hydraulic Engineer||Amerit Consulting, Inc.||Decatur, IL||Aug 13, 2012||$80,350|
|Senior Hydraulic Engineer||Jungheinrich Design Center Houston||Houston, TX||Aug 10, 2012||$80,000 -
|Hydraulic Engineer||Taco, Inc.||Cranston, RI||Oct 01, 2015||$80,000 -
|Hydraulic Engineer||Sulzer Pumps (Us) Inc.||Brookshire, TX||Sep 25, 2012||$79,435 -
|Hydraulic Engineer-Vertical Pumps||Sulzer Pumps Us Inc.||Brookshire, TX||Jun 01, 2012||$79,435|
|Hydraulic Engineer-Cfd Specialist||Franklin Electric Co., Inc.||Fort Wayne, IN||Sep 30, 2014||$79,331|
|Thermal-Hydraulics Engineer (Mechanical)||Areva NP Inc.||Lynchburg, VA||Aug 22, 2011||$79,000|
|Thermal-Hydraulic Engineer||Areva NP Inc.||Lynchburg, VA||Feb 28, 2013||$77,585|
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