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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

  • $66,000

    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 Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Project Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Systems Engineer Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Project Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Project Engineer Application Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Process Engineer Plant Engineer
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Lead Engineer Chief Engineer
Assistant Director Of Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Researcher Research Fellow Senior Scientist
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineering Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Production Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Assistant Service Technician Service Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Product Development Engineer
Lead Product Developer
7 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Product Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Senior Engineering Team Leader
8 Yearsyrs
Product Engineer Senior Engineer Project Lead Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Engineer Test Engineer Senior Engineering Technician
Engineering Laboratory Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Manufacturing Supervisor Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Mechanical Engineering Internship
Internship 13.5%
Volunteer 3.7%
Researcher 3.2%
Cashier 2.9%
Assistant 2.6%
President 2.4%
Tutor 2.3%
Math Tutor 2.1%
Mechanic 2.0%
Top Careers After Mechanical Engineering Internship
Internship 3.6%
Engineer 3.6%
Researcher 1.7%

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Mechanical Engineering Internship Demographics

Gender

Male

75.4%

Female

12.6%

Unknown

12.0%
Ethnicity

White

55.1%

Asian

17.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.0%

Black or African American

8.9%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.9%

Mandarin

10.0%

Chinese

10.0%

French

8.7%

German

7.0%

Arabic

5.2%

Hindi

4.5%

Carrier

3.1%

Japanese

3.0%

Cantonese

2.5%

Urdu

1.9%

Portuguese

1.8%

Italian

1.6%

Russian

1.3%

Korean

1.2%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Tamil

0.9%

Persian

0.9%

Telugu

0.7%

Turkish

0.7%
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Mechanical Engineering Internship Education

Schools

Pennsylvania State University

8.6%

Purdue University

6.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.8%

Texas A&M University

6.0%

Iowa State University

5.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.7%

Arizona State University

5.1%

University of Florida

5.1%

University of California - San Diego

4.7%

University of Houston

4.5%

Northeastern University

4.5%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.4%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.3%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.2%

San Jose State University

4.1%

University of Central Florida

4.1%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

4.1%

Michigan Technological University

3.8%

University of Utah

3.7%

University of Southern California

3.6%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

77.6%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.7%

Engineering

2.7%

Aerospace Engineering

2.2%

Business

2.0%

Industrial Engineering

1.8%

Automotive Technology

1.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.4%

Biomedical Engineering

1.0%

Electrical Engineering

0.8%

Mechatronics And Robotics

0.6%

Chemical Engineering

0.6%

Manufacturing Engineering

0.6%

Civil Engineering

0.5%

Project Management

0.5%

Mathematics

0.5%

Engineering Technology

0.5%

Industrial Technology

0.5%

Drafting And Design

0.5%

Computer Science

0.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

63.6%

Masters

23.5%

Other

7.2%

Associate

2.5%

Doctorate

2.1%

Certificate

0.7%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.0%
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Top Skills for A Mechanical Engineering Internship

  1. CAD
  2. Solidworks
  3. Engineering Department
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.
  • Supported the mechanical engineering department in planning, and meeting execution.
  • Worked alongside Professional Engineers designing HVAC systems for retrofits in commercial buildings.
  • Designed products using 3D modeling, coordinated international manufacturing quality assurance, performed finite element analysis, and conducted failure investigation.

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