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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 Latino8.4%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Maryland - College Park7.7%
Ohio State University5.8%
Lake Superior State University5.8%
Worcester Polytechnic Institute5.8%
University of Alabama at Huntsville5.8%
Carnegie Mellon University5.8%
University of Texas at Austin5.8%
University of Texas at Arlington3.8%
University of Florida3.8%
University of South Florida3.8%
Georgia Institute of Technology -3.8%
Bemidji State University3.8%
Pennsylvania State University3.8%
University of Toledo3.8%
University of North Carolina at Greensboro3.8%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Robotics Engineer||Near Earth Autonomy||Seattle, WA||Jan 07, 2016||$120,000|
|Senior Robotics Engineer||Irobot Corporation||Pasadena, CA||Jun 12, 2016||$116,097|
|Robotics Engineer||Berkshire Grey Inc.||Waltham, MA||Mar 22, 2016||$115,000|
|Senior Robotics Navigation Engineer||Irobot Corporation||Pasadena, CA||Oct 02, 2014||$113,984|
|Robotics Engineer-Research & Development||Freedom Innovations, LLC||Irvine, CA||Sep 05, 2013||$111,276|
|Robotics Engineer, Software||Irobot Corporation||Pasadena, CA||Aug 19, 2015||$110,568|
|Robotics Engineer||Savioke Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Jul 01, 2014||$108,000|
|Robotics Engineer||California Institute of Technology/Jet Propulsion Laboratory||Pasadena, CA||Feb 01, 2015||$104,728|
|Robotics Engineer||Savioke Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Sep 20, 2016||$104,000 -
|Senior Robotics Engineer||Carnegie Mellon University||Pittsburgh, PA||Jan 07, 2016||$103,000|
|Robotics Engineer||Extreme Automation Inc.||Roanoke, IN||Oct 02, 2015||$102,263|
|Robotics Engineer||Extreme Automation Inc.||Roanoke, IN||Feb 10, 2015||$102,263|
|Robotics Engineer (Control Systems Software Developer)||Yaskawa America, Inc. Motoman Robotics Division||Austin, TX||Mar 05, 2016||$100,776|
|Robotics Engineer||Knightscope Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Mar 22, 2016||$100,000|
|Robotics Perception Engineer||3D Data Ltd.||Malden, MA||Dec 09, 2016||$89,000 -
|Robotics Engineer||Carnegie Mellon University||Pittsburgh, PA||Mar 23, 2015||$88,635|
|Robotics Engineer||Carnegie Mellon University||Pittsburgh, PA||Nov 15, 2016||$88,000|
|Senior Robotics Engineer||Energid Technologies Corporation||Burlington, MA||Sep 04, 2015||$88,000|
|Senior Robot Programmer Engineer||Dressler Services GmbH Corp.||Chattanooga, TN||Aug 20, 2015||$87,298|
|Robotics Engineer||Usens Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jan 09, 2016||$85,254|
|Robotics Engineer||Near Earth Autonomy||Pittsburgh, PA||Sep 15, 2015||$85,000|
|Senior Robotics Engineer||Carnegie Mellon University||Pittsburgh, PA||Aug 10, 2013||$80,000|
|Robotics Engineer||Extreme Automation Inc.||Flint, MI||Jul 14, 2014||$78,263|
|Robotics Engineer||Counsyl, Inc.||South San Francisco, CA||Sep 14, 2013||$78,000 -
|Robotics Engineer||Interactive Design, Inc.||Lenexa, KS||Aug 09, 2016||$77,000|
|Robotics Modeling Engineer||Automated Precision, Inc.||Rockville, MD||Aug 20, 2016||$76,315|
|Robotics Engineer||Systems Technology International, Inc.||Farmington Hills, MI||Oct 09, 2016||$76,000|
|Robotics Engineer||Imris, Inc.||Minnetonka, MN||Sep 01, 2014||$76,000 -
|Robotics Engineer||Systems Technology International, Inc.||Farmington Hills, MI||Aug 20, 2016||$76,000|
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