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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 Latino10.8%
Black or African American0.7%
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Pennsylvania State University6.5%
University of Phoenix6.5%
Rochester Institute of Technology6.3%
Wentworth Institute of Technology5.4%
University of Massachusetts - Lowell5.4%
Houston Community College5.0%
San Jose State University5.0%
University of Houston4.8%
Fox Valley Technical College4.2%
Hennepin Technical College4.2%
Pittsburgh Technical Institute4.2%
De Anza College4.2%
Greenville Technical College4.2%
Porter and Chester Institute3.8%
Weber State University3.8%
Ferris State University3.6%
Arizona State University3.5%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Staff Engineer, Cell Mechanical Design||Tesla Motors, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Sep 13, 2016||$150,000 -
|Mechanical Design 4||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Nov 28, 2016||$140,000 -
|Engineering Specialist I, Mechanical Design&Develo||Xerox Corporation||Wilsonville, OR||Sep 27, 2013||$94,354|
|Hvac Mechanical Designer||The Greenbusch Group, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Nov 30, 2016||$91,936 -
|Manager Mechanical Implant Design||Advanced Bionics LLC||Santa Clarita, CA||Sep 10, 2013||$90,000 -
|Engineer II, Mechanical Design||Intelligent Energy, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jul 29, 2013||$88,000|
|Engineer II, Mechanical Design||Intelligent Energy, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Jul 01, 2013||$88,000|
|Engineer II, Mechanical Design||Intelligent Energy, Inc.||Long Beach, CA||Sep 17, 2013||$88,000|
|Principal Mechanical Designer||BISN Oil Tools LLC||Houston, TX||Aug 17, 2015||$85,000|
|Mechanical Designer||Emergent Systems Corporation||Farmington Hills, MI||Sep 01, 2015||$83,000 -
|Mechanical Drafters||Tata Consultancy Services Limited||San Jose, CA||Apr 10, 2015||$83,000|
|Mechanical Designer||New Era Converting MacHinery, Inc.||Paterson, NJ||Oct 10, 2013||$82,228|
|Mechanical Designer||Emergent Systems Corporation||Farmington Hills, MI||Sep 26, 2015||$67,974 -
|Onsite Lead Mechanical Drafter||Tata Consultancy Services Limited||Houston, TX||Jul 24, 2014||$67,500|
|Mechanical Drafter||Tata Consultancy Services Limited||Arlington Heights, IL||Aug 22, 2014||$67,000|
|Mechanical Designer||Tait Towers, Inc.||Lititz, PA||Sep 03, 2013||$67,000|
|Mechanical Designer||Glumac||San Francisco, CA||Jun 15, 2015||$66,498|
|Mechanical Drafter||Tata Consultancy Services Limited||Arlington Heights, IL||Aug 22, 2014||$66,100|
|Mechanical Drafter||Tata Consultancy Services Limited||Houston, TX||Nov 07, 2013||$66,000|
|Mechanical Designer||Polytech Heating LLC||OR||Mar 01, 2014||$59,960|
|Mechanical Designer||Advanced Flow Engineering Inc.||Corona, CA||Oct 01, 2013||$59,208|
|Mechanical Designer||Glumac||Portland, OR||Sep 12, 2013||$58,968|
|Mechanical Designer||Seville Classics, Inc.||Torrance, CA||Sep 15, 2016||$58,000|
|Mechanical Designer||CP Manufacturing, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Sep 18, 2013||$57,893|
|Mechanical Designer||CP Manufacturing, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Nov 13, 2014||$57,262|
|Mechanical Designer||Jordan & Skala Engineers, Inc.||Norcross, GA||Aug 22, 2016||$57,262 -
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