Mechanical Engineer

What Does A Mechanical Engineer Do?

Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and evaluate machinery and systems for power generation, heating and air conditioning, engines, and machines. They are also involved in the installation, operation, and maintenance of these systems.

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How Do I Become A Mechanical Engineer?

A four-year bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering is necessary to obtain this position. A higher degree (master’s or doctorate), which may take an additional two-five years to earn, may be required by some organizations and would definitely be more valuable.

What is the Average Salary For A Mechanical Engineer?

High – 131,000
Median – 84,000
Low – 53,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Mechanical Engineer?

  • Science – As much as possible, including physics!
  • Math – As much as possible, including calculus!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Technical Writing
  • Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • 3D Design & Printing

What Is The Work Environment For A Mechanical Engineer?

Mechanical engineers are generally employed by engineering services, manufacturing and power companies, and consulting firms. They generally work office jobs, but they will likely visit work sites periodically. The also often work in team environments.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Mechanical Engineer?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. Opportunities will be more readily available to individuals who stay up to date with advances in technology.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

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