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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.
Hispanic or Latino10.3%
Black or African American0.6%
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Fashion Institute of Technology16.5%
Savannah College of Art and Design7.1%
School of Visual Arts5.4%
Macomb Community College5.0%
Rochester Institute of Technology4.9%
Michigan Technological University4.6%
Rhode Island School of Design4.4%
Virginia Commonwealth University4.1%
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University4.0%
Art Center College of Design4.0%
University of Delaware4.0%
University of Houston3.8%
Parsons the New School for Design3.6%
University of Connecticut3.5%
University of Illinois at Chicago3.4%
Georgia Institute of Technology -3.4%
Colorado State University3.3%
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|Senior Designer||Festina Lente LLP||New York, NY||Sep 11, 2016||$240,000|
|Senior Experience Designer||Adobe Systems Incorporated||San Francisco, CA||Sep 19, 2016||$197,000|
|Senior Designer 2||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 05, 2015||$184,000|
|SR. Pdms Instrumentation Designer||Duke Marine Technical Services USA||Houston, TX||Aug 26, 2015||$170,000 -
|Senior Designer||Microsoft Corporation||San Francisco, CA||May 07, 2016||$168,200 -
|Senior Designer||Microsoft Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Aug 29, 2016||$168,200|
|Engineer Senior Physical Design||Nvidia Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Dec 23, 2016||$166,601 -
|SR. Pdms Instrument Designer||Duke Marine Technical Services USA||Houston, TX||Oct 15, 2015||$162,786|
|Senior Pdms Instrument Designer||Duke Marine Technical Services USA Inc.||Houston, TX||Jul 09, 2016||$162,240|
|Senior Designer||Karma Automotive, LLC||Costa Mesa, CA||Jan 08, 2016||$160,000|
|Senior Designer||EBAY Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 26, 2016||$160,000|
|Senior Design Lead||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Aug 25, 2016||$159,900 -
|Senior Design Lead||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Apr 11, 2015||$159,900|
|SR. Solutions Designer||Inserity Services, L.P.||Houston, TX||Aug 09, 2016||$120,607|
|Engineer SR. Physical Design||Nvidia Corporation||Austin, TX||Aug 20, 2016||$120,016 -
|Engineer, SR. Staff-IC Design||Broadcom Corporation||Austin, TX||May 19, 2016||$120,016|
|Senior Designer||Collins Partners LLC||San Francisco, CA||May 09, 2016||$120,000|
|Senior Integration Designer||Zebra Technologies Corporation||Lincolnshire, IL||Apr 24, 2016||$120,000 -
|Senior Designer||Stranger & Stranger Inc.||Emeryville, CA||Oct 31, 2015||$120,000|
|Senior Designer, Knitwear||Marc Jacobs International, LLC||New York, NY||Jan 10, 2016||$120,000 -
|Senior Designer||American Express Company||New York, NY||Oct 17, 2016||$120,000|
|Senior Designer||Cashmere House, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 21, 2015||$95,000|
|Senior Designer||Genband Us LLC||Billerica, MA||Feb 03, 2016||$95,000 -
|Senior Designer||Collins Partners LLC||New York, NY||Sep 21, 2015||$95,000|
|Senior Urban Designer||Harriman Associates, Inc.||Boston, MA||Jul 11, 2016||$95,000|
|Senior Designer||Cashmere House, Inc.||New York, NY||Feb 02, 2015||$95,000|
|Senior Urban Designer||Harriman Associates, Inc.||Boston, MA||Jul 12, 2016||$95,000|
|Senior Designer||Cashmere House, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 28, 2015||$95,000|
|Senior Designer||VOX Media, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 25, 2015||$95,000 -
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