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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 Latino11.4%
Black or African American0.7%
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Central Texas College17.6%
Universal Technical Institute10.4%
University of Phoenix8.8%
North Central Institute5.6%
Columbia Southern University4.8%
Texas A&M University4.8%
Fayetteville Technical Community College4.8%
Pikes Peak Community College4.8%
Wichita State University4.0%
Austin Peay State University3.2%
University of North Dakota3.2%
More Tech Institute3.2%
University of Arizona3.2%
Altamaha Technical College2.4%
Trident Technical College2.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senior Mechanical Specialist||IV-AGA Texas LLC||Houston, TX||May 20, 2013||$160,160|
|Engineer SR Mechanical||Nvidia Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Jan 08, 2016||$130,905 -
|Engineer SR. Mechanical||Nvidia Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Aug 28, 2015||$128,392 -
|Engineer SR Mechanical||Nvidia Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Aug 14, 2014||$122,440 -
|Engineer SR Mechanical||Nvidia Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Sep 04, 2014||$121,742 -
|Senior Rock Mechanic||Barrick Goldstrike Mines, Inc.||Carlin, NV||Oct 01, 2012||$110,000|
|Senior Mechanical Analyst||MHD Offshore Group LP||Houston, TX||Mar 09, 2016||$105,600|
|Engineer Senior Mechanical||Nvidia Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Oct 01, 2013||$101,390 -
|SR. Mechanical Advisor||Knighthawk Engineering, Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 18, 2011||$100,000|
|Engineer SR. I-Mechanical||National Renewable Energy Laboratory||Golden, CO||Oct 19, 2009||$95,514|
|Senior Mechanical Associate||Sargent & Lundy, LLC||Chicago, IL||Sep 30, 2010||$83,770|
|Engineer E13-SR. Mechanical||Crown Audio, Inc.||Elkhart, IN||Jun 28, 2010||$80,000|
|Senior Engeineer Mechanic||CIBA Vision Corporation||Duluth, GA||Sep 11, 2010||$79,301|
|Engineer E13-SR. Mechanical||Crown Audio, Inc.||Elkhart, IN||Jul 26, 2010||$78,000|
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