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Working As A Mechanical Design Internship

  • 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

  • $83,590

    Average Salary

What Does A Mechanical Design Internship 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 Mechanical Design Internship

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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Mechanical Design Internship Career Paths

Mechanical Design Internship
Mechanic Technician Operations Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineering Technician Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Network Administrator Technical Services Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Project Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Researcher Project Coordinator Assistant Project Manager
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Researcher Analyst Business Developer
Executive Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Technician Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Field Service Technician Operations Manager
President/Chief Executive Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Project Manufacturing Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Systems Engineer Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Mechanical Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Design Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Mechanical Engineer
Senior Mechanical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Service Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Mechanical Design Internship Demographics

Gender

Male

80.3%

Female

13.3%

Unknown

6.5%
Ethnicity

White

54.5%

Asian

18.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Black or African American

8.4%

Unknown

4.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.1%

Mandarin

15.8%

Chinese

14.0%

French

12.3%

Italian

5.3%

Swahili

3.5%

Carrier

3.5%

Portuguese

1.8%

Basque

1.8%

Hebrew

1.8%

German

1.8%

Greek

1.8%

Hindi

1.8%

Cantonese

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Korean

1.8%

Thai

1.8%
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Mechanical Design Internship Education

Schools

Cornell University

7.6%

Texas A&M University

7.6%

Pennsylvania State University

6.8%

University of Southern California

6.8%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

5.3%

University of Florida

5.3%

University of Colorado at Boulder

5.3%

Purdue University

5.3%

Clemson University

5.3%

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology - Okmulgee

4.5%

Texas Tech University

4.5%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.5%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

4.5%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.8%

Stanford University

3.8%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

3.8%

University of Kentucky

3.8%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

3.8%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

3.8%

University of California - San Diego

3.8%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

55.3%

Automotive Technology

12.1%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.7%

Business

3.6%

Drafting And Design

3.1%

Engineering

2.7%

Environmental Science

2.2%

Aerospace Engineering

2.2%

Electrical Engineering

2.0%

Industrial Technology

1.7%

Aviation

1.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.5%

Engineering Technology

1.2%

Industrial Engineering

1.2%

Mechatronics And Robotics

1.0%

Biomedical Engineering

1.0%

Civil Engineering

1.0%

Architectural Engineering

1.0%

Graphic Design

1.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.2%

Masters

23.6%

Other

13.8%

Associate

12.7%

Certificate

3.5%

Diploma

1.8%

Doctorate

1.5%
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Top Skills for A Mechanical Design Internship

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  1. New Parts
  2. Auto-Cad
  3. Solidworks
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  • Designed new parts to enhance current laser manufacturing systems.
  • Gained experience in automotive part design and modification using 3D Auto-CAD.
  • Manufactured designs using SolidWorks to improve the ion exchange process used in the production of glass vials for the medical industry.
  • Reviewed engineering drawings of future projects and provided input.
  • Prepared briefing materials and presented results at internal reviews.

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