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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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University of Phoenix17.7%
Ferris State University8.3%
Rochester Institute of Technology6.2%
Community College of the Air Force5.9%
Pennsylvania State University5.6%
New Jersey Institute of Technology4.6%
More Tech Institute4.6%
Wayne State University3.5%
University of Texas at Arlington3.5%
Texas A&M University3.5%
University of Pittsburgh -3.5%
Illinois Institute of Technology3.2%
San Jose State University3.2%
Georgia Institute of Technology -3.2%
University of Massachusetts - Lowell3.0%
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute3.0%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Cloud Services Engineer||Mongodb, Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 04, 2016||$180,000|
|Staff Cloud Service Engineer||General Electric Company||San Ramon, CA||Feb 29, 2016||$165,000|
|Engineering Services Architect||Ca, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||May 18, 2016||$164,382|
|Principal Services Engineer||Snaplogic||San Mateo, CA||Aug 16, 2016||$160,000|
|Core Services Engineer||Apigee Inc.||San Jose, CA||Feb 17, 2016||$160,000|
|Service Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Dec 24, 2016||$158,001|
|Engineering Services Architect||Ca, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Oct 25, 2016||$157,477|
|Cloud Services Engineer||Mongodb, Inc.||New York, NY||Mar 17, 2016||$155,000|
|Core Services Engineer||Apigee Corporation||San Jose, CA||Feb 11, 2015||$155,000|
|Service Engineer, Senior||Yahoo! Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Jul 12, 2015||$150,000 -
|Service Engineer, Senior||Yahoo! Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Apr 26, 2016||$148,138 -
|Software Engineer II-Apps. & Services Engr. GRP or Other||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jan 15, 2016||$147,924 -
|Web Service Engineer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||May 25, 2015||$145,000 -
|Engineering Service Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Apr 05, 2016||$116,100|
|Service Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Issaquah, WA||Nov 25, 2016||$116,071|
|Service Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Apr 16, 2016||$115,910|
|Service Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Issaquah, WA||Nov 30, 2015||$115,900|
|Service Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Sep 28, 2015||$115,900|
|Service Engineer II||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jul 13, 2016||$115,814 -
|Service Engineer II||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jul 07, 2016||$115,814 -
|Service Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Aug 07, 2016||$115,814 -
|Managed Security Services (MSS) Engineer||Symantec Corporation||Herndon, VA||May 28, 2015||$94,700 -
|Engineer-Services Software||Ericsson Inc.||Herndon, VA||Mar 30, 2015||$94,390 -
|Engineer-Services Software||Ericsson Inc.||Herndon, VA||Sep 21, 2015||$94,390 -
|Engineer-Services Software||Ericsson Inc.||Herndon, VA||Sep 01, 2015||$94,390 -
|Service Engineer-Applications and Services Engr GRP or Other||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Mar 02, 2016||$94,300 -
|Service Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Aug 24, 2015||$94,300|
|Service Engineer I--Infrastructure Applications Support||Oneneck It Services Corporation||Scottsdale, AZ||Apr 11, 2016||$93,630|
|Service Engineer I--Infrastructure Applications Support||Oneneck It Solutions, LLC||Scottsdale, AZ||Apr 11, 2016||$93,630|
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