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Working As A Manufacturing/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

  • $40,648

    Average Salary

What Does A Manufacturing/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 Manufacturing/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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Manufacturing/Mechanical Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

86.0%

Female

10.8%

Unknown

3.2%
Ethnicity

White

73.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.0%

Asian

10.2%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.1%

Mandarin

14.3%

Japanese

14.3%

Chinese

14.3%
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Manufacturing/Mechanical Engineer Education

Schools

Villanova University

9.4%

University of Texas at Arlington

6.3%

University of Washington

6.3%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

6.3%

University of California - San Diego

6.3%

Bristol Community College

6.3%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

6.3%

University of Miami

6.3%

California State University - Stanislaus

6.3%

Utah State University

6.3%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

6.3%

Central Washington University

3.1%

Syracuse University

3.1%

Eastern Michigan University

3.1%

Delta School of Business and Technology

3.1%

ITT Technical Institute-Seattle

3.1%

Texas Southern University

3.1%

University of the Pacific

3.1%

Bucks County Community College

3.1%

University of Great Falls

3.1%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

31.3%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

10.7%

Business

8.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.3%

Industrial Technology

5.4%

Electrical Engineering

4.5%

Management

3.6%

Engineering Technology

3.6%

Project Management

3.6%

Manufacturing Engineering

2.7%

Automotive Technology

2.7%

Industrial Engineering

2.7%

International Business

1.8%

Psychology

1.8%

Precision Metal Working

1.8%

Heating And Air Conditioning

1.8%

Chemical Engineering

1.8%

Computer Science

1.8%

Computer Applications

1.8%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.0%

Other

22.7%

Associate

16.3%

Masters

13.5%

Certificate

5.7%

Diploma

2.1%

Doctorate

0.7%
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Real Manufacturing/Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Mechanical Manufacturing Engineer Alstom Power Inc. Windsor, CT Sep 15, 2012 $85,987 -
$113,669
Mechanical Manufacturing Engineer Electric Vehicles International, LLC Stockton, CA Oct 01, 2013 $75,000 -
$87,000
Manufacturing Mechanical Engineer Abbott Laboratories Princeton, NJ Feb 02, 2013 $75,000
Mechanical/Manufacturing Engineer WH Manufacturing Inc. Hopkinsville, KY Nov 05, 2013 $71,000
Mechanical/Manufacturing Engineer WH Manufacturing LA Nov 14, 2013 $71,000
Mechanical/Manufacturing Engineer WH Manufacturing Hopkinsville, KY Nov 21, 2013 $71,000
Mechanical/Manufacturing Engineer WH Manufacturing Inc. Hopkinsville, KY Jan 30, 2014 $71,000
Mechanical Engineer, Manufacturing Ecosense Lighting, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 18, 2016 $68,000
Mechanical Manufacturing Engineer Resourcetek, LLC Houston, TX Sep 15, 2016 $67,080
Mechanical Manufacturing Engineer Electric Vehicles International, LLC Stockton, CA Oct 01, 2013 $67,000 -
$77,000
Mechanical/Manufacturing Engineer Spire Metering Technology LLC Marlborough, MA Dec 08, 2016 $60,000
Mechanical Engineer, Manufacturing Empire Comfort Systems, Inc. Belleville, IL Feb 10, 2011 $60,000
Mechanical Manufacturing Engineer Electrical Vehicles International, LLC Stockton, CA Oct 01, 2010 $60,000
Mechanical Manufacturing Engineer Electric Vehicles International, LLC Stockton, CA Oct 01, 2010 $60,000
Manufacturing Mechanical Engineer Astrophysics, Inc. Industry, CA Feb 15, 2012 $56,035
Manufacturing/Mechanical Engineer Crystal Windows and Doors Il Corp Chicago, IL Jan 06, 2014 $56,000
Manufacturing Engineer-Mechanical Chroma Technology Corp. Bellows Falls, VT Sep 18, 2013 $55,000
Manufacturing Mechanical Engineer Abbott Laboratories Princeton, NJ Oct 01, 2010 $55,000

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Top Skills for A Manufacturing/Mechanical Engineer

PreventativeMaintenanceCADSolidworksBOMCNCMechanicalDesignProductionEquipmentTroubleshootProductDesignContinuousImprovementEngineeringSupportECOHvacHandToolsQAPLCDFMMRPSigmaOsha

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Top Manufacturing/Mechanical Engineer Skills

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. CAD
  3. Solidworks
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed an effective preventative maintenance schedule for shop equipment.
  • Designed using Auto-Cad2000 free-floating acrylic reusable shipping containers for the X-ray imaging scanners.
  • Designed manufacturing equipment and/or fixture utilizing SolidWorks.
  • Oversaw/trained all the engineers (20+) on creation of items, Engineering BOM's & production/fab routers.
  • Trained new employees and assisted other employees in the programming, setup, and operation of CNC machines.

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