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Mechanical Engineers

Mechanical Engineers
Quick Facts : Mechanical Engineers*
2010 Median Pay$78,160
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012243,200
Job Outlook9% (Slower than average)
Employment Change21,300

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Like other engineers, mechanical engineers use computers extensively. They research, design, develop, build, and test mechanical devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

What Mechanical Engineers Do

  • Analyze problems to see how a mechanical device might help solve the problem
  • Design or redesign mechanical devices, creating blueprints so the device can be built
  • Develop a prototype of the device and test the prototype
  • Analyze the test results and change the design as needed
  • Oversee the manufacturing process for the device

Work Environment

Mechanical engineers generally work in professional office settings. They may occasionally visit worksites where a problem or piece of equipment needs their personal attention. Mechanical engineers work mostly in engineering services, research and development, manufacturing industries, and the federal government.
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Job Outlook

Employment of mechanical engineers is expected to grow 9 percent from 2010 to 2020. Job prospects may be best for those who stay abreast of the most recent advances in technology.
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The average salary of mechanical engineers was $78,160 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Mechanical Engineers

Mechanical engineers need a bachelor's degree. A graduate degree is typically needed to be hired or promoted into managerial positions. Mechanical engineers who sell services publicly must be licensed.
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