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
Duties Plan and design tools, engines, machines, and other mechanical systems that produce, transmit, or use power
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Mathematics
Experience Background in math and science, plus an internship, are helpful
Skills
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Engineering Researcher or Professor
  • Engineering Manager
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Junior Engineer