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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 Latino10.3%
Black or African American0.6%
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Savannah College of Art and Design11.1%
Arizona State University6.7%
University of Phoenix6.7%
University of Houston5.5%
Rochester Institute of Technology5.3%
Fashion Institute of Technology4.8%
Macomb Community College4.6%
University of Texas at Austin4.6%
San Jose State University4.6%
Full Sail University4.6%
Iowa State University4.3%
University of Arizona4.3%
Academy of Art University3.8%
Houston Community College3.8%
University of Utah3.8%
Carnegie Mellon University3.6%
Art Institute of California - Inland3.6%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Design Planning Lead||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||San Francisco, CA||Jul 21, 2014||$190,000|
|Lead E & I (Electrical & Instrumentation) Pdms Designer||Orion Project Services LLC||New Orleans, LA||Mar 02, 2015||$187,200|
|Lead E & I (Electrical & Instrumentation) Pdms Designer||Orion Project Services LLC||New Orleans, LA||May 01, 2015||$187,200|
|Lead Designer||Tesla Motors, Inc.||Hawthorne, CA||Nov 21, 2016||$180,000 -
|Lead Designer||72Andsunny Partners LLC||Los Angeles, CA||May 01, 2013||$180,000|
|Lead Designer||72Andsunny Partners LLC||Los Angeles, CA||Apr 01, 2013||$175,000|
|Lead Designer||72Andsunny Partners LLC||Vista, CA||Apr 07, 2014||$165,000|
|Lead Designer||Vector Engineering, Inc.||Greenwood Village, CO||Jan 20, 2014||$159,930 -
|Lead Designer||Byte Inc.||New York, NY||Feb 11, 2015||$155,000|
|Lead Designer (Mobile and Related Platforms)||Work DPD Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 23, 2013||$150,000|
|Lead Designer||Faraday&Future Inc.||Gardena, CA||Jul 09, 2016||$150,000 -
|Lead Designer (Mobile and Related Platforms_||Work DPD, Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 15, 2013||$150,000|
|Lead Designer||Faraday & Future Inc.||Gardena, CA||May 10, 2015||$150,000 -
|Lead Designer||Globallogic, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jan 08, 2016||$117,388 -
|Tibco Lead Designer||John Hancock Life Insurance Company (USA)||Boston, MA||Jul 18, 2016||$117,000|
|Lead Solution Designer||Amdocs Inc.||Richardson, TX||Jan 07, 2016||$116,000|
|Lead Designer||General Motors Company||Warren, MI||Sep 08, 2016||$115,000|
|Lead Designer||General Motors Company||Warren, MI||Jan 02, 2013||$115,000|
|CFD Design Lead||FCA Us LLC||Auburn Hills, MI||Jan 10, 2016||$112,794|
|Lead Solution Designer||Amdocs Inc.||Richardson, TX||Jul 01, 2016||$111,538|
|Lead Solution Designer||Amdocs Inc.||Richardson, TX||Apr 26, 2016||$110,000|
|Lead Designer||Globallogic, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 27, 2015||$99,200 -
|Design Lead||Manhattan Associates, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Aug 18, 2016||$98,621|
|RF Layout Lead Designer||Karmic Americas, LLC||Richardson, TX||Feb 05, 2016||$96,500|
|RF Layout Lead Designer||Karmic Americas, LLC||Richardson, TX||May 02, 2016||$96,500|
|Platform Design Lead||Monsanto Company||Saint Louis, MO||Nov 21, 2016||$95,000|
|Lead Designer||Wildbit LLC||Philadelphia, PA||Oct 01, 2015||$94,491|
|Project Lead Designer||Public Service Electric and Gas Company||South Plainfield, NJ||Dec 14, 2015||$94,000|
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