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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Tool Design Engineer||A-1 Jays MacHining Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 30, 2015||$110,000|
|Tool Design Engineer||A-1 Jays MacHining, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Oct 01, 2012||$110,000|
|Tool Design Engineer||Standard Motor Products, Inc.||Islandia, NY||Feb 12, 2015||$103,500|
|Tool Design Engineer||Standard Motor Products, Inc.||Islandia, NY||Sep 30, 2015||$103,500|
|Tool Design Engineer||Standard Motor Products, Inc.||Islandia, NY||Dec 02, 2013||$100,000|
|Downhole Tools Drilling Design Engineer||North Bridge Venture Partners Portfolio Company||Littleton, CO||Mar 15, 2010||$100,000|
|Downhole Tools Drilling Design Engineer||FORO Energy, Inc.||Littleton, CO||Mar 15, 2010||$100,000|
|Tool Design Engineer||Borgwarner Powdered Metals Inc.||Livonia, MI||May 04, 2014||$90,085|
|Senior Tool Design Engineer||St. Jude Medical, Implantable Electronic Systems D||Selma, CA||Aug 20, 2014||$90,000|
|Tool Design Engineer||A-1 Jays MacHining, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Mar 08, 2010||$90,000|
|Tool Design Engineer||Cosmos Manufacturing, Inc.||South Chicago Heights, IL||Sep 05, 2009||$88,000|
|Tooling Design Engineer||Pico Resources||Southfield, MI||Jan 07, 2008||$86,250|
|Tooling Design Engineer||Pico Resources||Southfield, MI||Jun 06, 2008||$86,250|
|Tool Design Engineer||Cresttek LLC||Marysville, OH||Sep 12, 2015||$85,000|
|Tooling Design Engineer||Dlhbowles, Inc.||Columbia, MD||Jun 21, 2016||$83,600 -
|Senior Tool Design Engineer||Dura-Mill, Inc.||Malta, NY||Jul 07, 2016||$82,472|
|Tool Design Engineer||Borgwarner Powdered Metals Inc.||Livonia, MI||Jan 05, 2012||$81,921|
|Tool Design Engineer||Borgwarner Automotive Powdered Metals Corporation||Livonia, MI||Jan 05, 2012||$81,921|
|Tool Design & Process Engineer||Proenergy Turbines Services, LLC||Sedalia, MO||Jul 01, 2011||$80,000|
|Tool Design & Process Engineer||Proenergy Turbine Services, LLC||Sedalia, MO||Jul 01, 2011||$80,000|
|Downhole Tool & Bearing Design and Engineer||Us Synthetic Corporation||Orem, UT||Sep 13, 2016||$77,000|
|Tool Design Engineer||A-1 Jays MacHining, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 20, 2010||$67,800|
|Tool Design Engineer||Concur Engineering Solutions, LLC||Warren, MI||Feb 26, 2016||$66,400 -
|Machine Tool Design Engineer||Alabama Specialty Products, Inc.||Munford, AL||Jan 02, 2013||$65,104|
|Tooling & Design Engineer||Deringer-Ney, Inc.||Tucson, AZ||Oct 01, 2011||$65,000|
|Tooling Design Engineer||Hella North America, Inc.||York, SC||Oct 29, 2008||$62,500|
|Associate Tool Design Engineer||Schaeffler Group USA, Inc.||Fort Mill, SC||Aug 26, 2014||$62,000 -
|Tool Design Engineer||L&T Technology Services Limited||Madison, AL||Jul 29, 2016||$61,714 -
|Tool Designer Engineer||888 Consulting Group, Inc.||Raynham, MA||Dec 15, 2009||$60,965|
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