What does a Mechanical Engineer do?

Median Pay $84,190
Growth Rate 9%
Citation Retrieved in 2017 from BLS.gov

A mechanical engineer tests the designs of architects. They also develop, build, and test thermal and mechanical devices such as machines, tools, and engines. Mechanical engineers oversee the maintenance, installation, and operation of equipment or it’s repair. They also estimates distances, sizes, and quantities as well as determine costs, time, materials needed, and resources for a project.

How to Become a Mechanical Engineer

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To become a mechanical engineer you must earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. If you want to move work in management a graduate degree is usually helpful. As a mechanical engineer if you sell your services to the public sector you must become licensed for the entire United States and also the District of Colombia. A lot of experience is required in this occupation along with on-the-job training and/or vocational school.

Job Description of a Mechanical Engineer

A mechanical engineer researches, installs, designs, operates and/or evaluates mechanical products and equipment systems in order to meet requirements of the job. They would apply their expertise in engineering principles to communicate with engineers or others to implement any operating procedures, give technical information or resolve system malfunctions.

In cases of a malfunction they would design modifications to correct the problem and recommend their solutions to the company. A mechanical engineer conducts tests and research to analyze the performance of equipment or design, components and operation. He or she interprets blueprints, schematics, technical drawings or other reports, such as, computer generated reports. They ensure conformance of a product with engineering design and performance specifications.

A knowledge of engineering and technology is critical to this field, as well as, mathematics, design, computers and electronics. A mechanical knowledge is needed of tools and machines along with their maintenance, designs, repairs and uses. He or she needs the ability to solve problems through mathematics, and scientific methods and think logically for solutions to problematic issues. They should be comfortable interacting with computers, including software and hardware, to program, enter data or other useful functions. One must communicate effectively with their co-workers, supervisors and customers.

Article Citations

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Mechanical Engineers.

National Center for O*NET Development. 17-2141.00. O*NET OnLine.