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How to Become a

Mechanical Engineer

Also Known as:
Process Technician, Research and Development Technician, Designer, Mechanical Technician, Maintenance Technician, Engineering Lab Technician, Process Engineering Technician, Mechanical Designer, Laboratory Technician, Engineering Technical Analyst

What is a

Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineers help mechanical engineers design, develop, test, and manufacture mechanical devices, including tools, engines, and machines. They may make sketches and rough layouts, record and analyze data, make calculations and estimates, and report their findings. Mechanical Engineering Technicians may need to test and inspect machines and equipment or work with engineers to eliminate production problems and find a proper solution within a short-time. They analyze test results in relation to design or rated specifications and test objectives, and modify or adjust equipment to meet specifications and evaluate tool drawing designs by measuring drawing dimensions and comparing with original specifications for form and function, using engineering skills.
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Why Become

Mechanical Engineer

U.S. Employment Demand Metrics
2018:
42,600
2028:
43,800
Percent Change:
3%
Projected Annual Job Openings:
4,300

Skills Needed

General Skills:
Reading Comprehension Active Listening Critical Thinking Operation Monitoring Complex Problem Solving
Technical Skills:
Analytical or scientific software Computer aided design CAD software Computer aided manufacturing CAM software Development environment software Industrial control software

What Will You Do as a

Mechanical Engineer

Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans. Test products for functionality or quality. Estimate technical or resource requirements for development or production projects. Review technical documents to plan work. Fabricate products or components using machine tools. Design industrial equipment. Fabricate devices or components.
U.S. Employment Demand Metrics
2018:
42,600
professionals
2028:
43,800
professionals
Percent Change:
3%
Projected Annual Job Openings:
4,300

How Much Can You Earn?

Average Yearly Salary
$72,980
$55,170
$72,980
$134,070

What Education Do You need?

People starting in this career usually have
Less than High School Diploma
3
%
High School Diploma or Equivalent
23
%
Some College, but No Degree
31
%
Associate's Degree
22
%
Bachelor's Degree
17
%
Masters Degree
3
%
Doctorate or Professional Degree
1
%

Common Past Positions

Maintenance Electrician Maintenance Technician Customer Service Representative

Common Next Positions

Maintenance Mechanic Automation Technician
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