Mechanical Engineers

Mechanical engineers plan and design tools, engines, machines, and other mechanical systems that produce, transmit, or use power. They may work in design, instrumentation, testing, robotics, transportation, or bioengineering, among other areas. The broadest of all engineering disciplines, mechanical engineering extends across many interdependent specialties. Mechanical engineers may work in production operations, maintenance, or technical sales, and many are administrators or managers. Approximately 258,630 mechanical engineers are employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Application Engineers, Consulting Engineers, Design Engineers, Energy Specialists, Maintenance and Operations Engineers, Manufacturing Engineers, Sales Engineers, Structural Analysts, Testing Engineers
Duties Plan and design tools, engines, machines, and other mechanical systems that produce, transmit, or use power
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
Skills
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Engineering Researcher or Professor
  • Engineering Manager
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Junior Engineer

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