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Working As A Mechanical Engineering 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

  • $84,296

    Average Salary

What Does A Mechanical Engineering 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 Engineering 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 Engineering Internship Career Paths

Mechanical Engineering Internship
Mechanical Design Engineer Product Engineer Application Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Researcher Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Process Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Project Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Product Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Lead Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Senior Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Project Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Plant Engineer
Plant Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Design Engineer 3.4 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 11.6%
Volunteer 3.2%
Researcher 3.0%
Assistant 2.7%
President 2.4%
Math Tutor 2.1%
Top Employers After
Engineer 3.8%
Internship 2.6%

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Mechanical Engineering Internship Demographics

Gender

Male

82.8%

Female

12.2%

Unknown

5.0%
Ethnicity

White

53.9%

Asian

18.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Black or African American

8.5%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.6%

Mandarin

9.3%

Chinese

9.3%

French

8.1%

German

6.1%

Hindi

5.1%

Arabic

5.1%

Carrier

3.2%

Cantonese

2.6%

Japanese

2.4%

Urdu

2.2%

Portuguese

2.0%

Italian

1.6%

Turkish

1.0%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Russian

1.0%

Persian

1.0%

Korean

0.8%

Tamil

0.8%

Telugu

0.6%
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Mechanical Engineering Internship Education

Schools

Pennsylvania State University

7.6%

Iowa State University

7.0%

Purdue University

6.3%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.2%

Texas A&M University

5.2%

University of Florida

5.2%

Northeastern University

5.0%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.8%

University of California - San Diego

4.8%

Michigan Technological University

4.5%

Clemson University

4.5%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.4%

Oregon State University

4.3%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

4.1%

University of Utah

4.1%

University of Houston

4.1%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

4.1%

Arizona State University

3.9%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

78.8%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

4.1%

Engineering

2.6%

Aerospace Engineering

2.2%

Business

2.0%

Industrial Engineering

1.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.4%

Biomedical Engineering

0.8%

Electrical Engineering

0.7%

Mechatronics And Robotics

0.7%

Chemical Engineering

0.6%

Physics

0.6%

Manufacturing Engineering

0.5%

Civil Engineering

0.5%

Mathematics

0.5%

Industrial Technology

0.5%

Drafting And Design

0.5%

Project Management

0.5%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

0.5%

Computer Science

0.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

63.7%

Masters

25.0%

Other

6.7%

Doctorate

2.6%

Associate

1.3%

Certificate

0.5%

Diploma

0.1%
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Top Skills for A Mechanical Engineering Internship

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  1. CAD
  2. Solidworks
  3. Test Plans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Transferred all mechanical, electrical and plumbing characteristics depicted on buildings' blueprints into AutoCAD.
  • Performed Finite Element Analysis using SolidWorks Simulate and verified results with supporting calculations for various ride and structural components.
  • Support systems engineering by drafting test plans and executing verification protocols on newly constructed prototype instruments.
  • Designed products using 3D modeling, coordinated international manufacturing quality assurance, performed finite element analysis, and conducted failure investigation.
  • Selected optimal HVAC system components according to customers' requirements.

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