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Working As A Junior Mechanical Engineer

  • 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

  • $67,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Junior Mechanical Engineer 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 A Junior Mechanical Engineer

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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Top Careers Before Junior Mechanical Engineer
Internship 12.6%
Draftsman 4.9%
Trainee 3.5%
Top Careers After Junior Mechanical Engineer
Engineer 5.0%
Volunteer 2.1%

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Junior Mechanical Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

79.9%

Unknown

11.5%

Female

8.6%
Ethnicity

White

46.6%

Asian

19.8%

Hispanic or Latino

18.5%

Black or African American

8.3%

Unknown

6.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.5%

French

12.5%

Chinese

8.3%

Carrier

8.3%

German

4.2%

Hebrew

4.2%

Mandarin

4.2%

Hindi

4.2%

Malayalam

4.2%

Arabic

4.2%

Cantonese

4.2%

Tamil

4.2%
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Junior Mechanical Engineer Education

Schools

Northeastern University

10.8%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

10.8%

University of Bridgeport

8.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

6.8%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.4%

Stevens Institute of Technology

5.4%

Syracuse University

4.1%

University of Florida

4.1%

University of California - San Diego

4.1%

San Diego State University

4.1%

San Francisco State University

4.1%

University of North Dakota

4.1%

Drexel University

4.1%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

4.1%

Gannon University

4.1%

City College of New York of the City University of New York

4.1%

Utah State University

4.1%

Merrimack College

2.7%

University of South Florida

2.7%

San Jose State University

2.7%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

75.7%

Engineering

4.0%

Business

2.9%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.6%

Aerospace Engineering

2.6%

Drafting And Design

2.2%

Industrial Engineering

1.5%

Systems Engineering

0.7%

Manufacturing Engineering

0.7%

Engineering Technology

0.7%

Mechatronics And Robotics

0.7%

Chemical Engineering

0.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

0.7%

Physics

0.7%

Petroleum Engineering

0.7%

Civil Engineering

0.7%

Electrical Engineering

0.7%

Science, Technology, And Society

0.4%

Management

0.4%

Entertainment Business

0.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.8%

Masters

31.8%

Other

6.6%

Doctorate

2.8%

Associate

2.4%

Certificate

1.4%

Diploma

1.0%
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Best Paying Company
Bechtel
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
1.9 years
How much does a Junior Mechanical Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Junior Mechanical Engineer in the United States is $67,696 per year or $33 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $50,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $91,000.

Real Junior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Junior Mechanical Engineer Varentec, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 13, 2015 $105,394
JR. Mechanical Engineer Velo3D, Inc. Campbell, CA Dec 15, 2016 $96,429 -
$120,000
Junior Mechanical Engineer Power Engineering, Inc. Irvine, CA Jun 05, 2014 $85,000
Junior Mechanical Engineer I C&J Spec-Rent Services, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 01, 2013 $78,000
Mechanical Engineer Junior Wirtz Manufacturing Company, Inc. Port Huron, MI Oct 01, 2015 $76,220
Mechanical Engineer Junior Shultz Steel Company South Gate, CA Sep 18, 2012 $75,000
JR. Mechanical Engineer Comprehensive Logistics, Inc. Youngstown, OH Nov 30, 2015 $75,000
JR. Mechanical Engineer Chart Energy & Chemicals, Inc. The Woodlands, TX Aug 22, 2014 $75,000
JR. Mechanical Engineer Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. Milpitas, CA Sep 11, 2015 $74,006
Junior Mechanical Engineer Inter-Global, Inc. Saint Louis, MO Nov 10, 2016 $71,302
JR. Mechanical Engineer A & J Consulting Engineering Services, P.C. Clifton, NJ Aug 21, 2014 $70,000
Mechanical Engineer Junior Wirtz Manufacturing Company, Inc. Port Huron, MI Oct 01, 2012 $69,000
Junior Mechanical Engineer Eaton Corporation Irvine, CA Jan 14, 2013 $66,896
JR. Mechanical Engineer Techno Pro Solutions, Inc. Piscataway, NJ May 12, 2016 $65,574
Junior Mechanical Engineer Greenebuild, LLC New York, NY Jun 24, 2013 $65,000
Junior Mechanical Engineer Greenebuild, LLC New York, NY Jul 14, 2015 $65,000
Junior Mechanical Engineer Greenebuild, LLC New York, NY Jul 14, 2014 $65,000
Junior Mechanical Engineer Setty & Associates International, PLLC Washington, DC Aug 01, 2014 $64,530
Junior Engineer-Mechanical E M C Engineers, Inc. Lakewood, CO Jan 15, 2010 $62,504
Junior Engineer-Mechanical E M C Engineers, Inc. Irvine, CA Jan 15, 2010 $62,504
JR. Mechanical Engineer Nokia Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 01, 2012 $62,000
Junior Mechanical Engineer Yuhan Heating & Air Conditioning Bergenfield, NJ May 13, 2016 $61,589
Junior Mechanical Engineer RAB Lighting, Inc. Northvale, NJ Oct 09, 2016 $61,589
JR. Mechanical Engineer Tool., Incorporated Marblehead, MA Oct 01, 2010 $61,110
Mechanical Engineer Junior North American Repower LLC Oceanside, CA Sep 10, 2014 $60,000

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Top Skills for A Junior Mechanical Engineer

  1. Engineering Department
  2. CAD
  3. Solidworks
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  • Work closely with Electrical Engineering department.
  • Calculate and integrate load requirements into AutoCAD design.
  • Designed semiconductor package testing stack ups/tools, performed engineering analysis and validated designs using SolidWorks.
  • Performed operation & maintenance of mechanical equipment on the rig: Diesel generator sets, air compressors & pumps
  • Consulted with UROV companies to create a prototype rover as a base model for future competition and learning.

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