About the Job
Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest careers in engineering. These engineers design and develop mechanical and thermal devices such as turbines, engines, and power plants. They also design elevator and conveyor systems.
What You’ll Do
Mechanical engineers analyze projects and problems to determine whether a mechanical or thermal design could help to resolve the problem at hand. They rely on computer programs to run analyses and simulations, as well as to design systems. Once they determine the correct specifications, they can develop prototypes to test outside computer systems and implement any necessary changes.
Mechanical engineers also oversee the process of creating devices to ensure that they are made correctly.
Qualities and Skills Needed
Aspiring mechanical engineers need to obtain a bachelor’s degree from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) approved College or university. Most of these engineers go on to receive their master’s degree in order to perform research. All mechanical engineers must be licensed to work; such licensure allows them to become Professional Engineers, a position requiring a degree from an accredited program, at least 4 years of relevant work experience, and a passing score on the final examination.
To become a teacher, conduct research, or advance in the field, a master’s degree is usually required. Many mechanical engineers earn additional degrees in engineering or business administration.
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The average starting salary is $61,299. With experience, they can possibly earn up to or over $115,039.