Mechanical Engineers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+3.9% (slower than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's degree


What Mechanical Engineers Do

Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.

Other Job Titles Mechanical Engineers May Have

Application Engineer, Design Engineer, Design Maintenance Engineer, Equipment Engineer, Mechanical Design Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Process Engineer, Product Engineer, Project Engineer, Test Engineer

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Mechanical Test Operations Engineer ,

NASA, Stennis Space Center

My day typically starts with our team being contacted by a customer who wants to test their component(s) or the full-scale engine. From there, they give us a particular set of requirements to look out for and test like pressure, propellants, etc. We then contact the design end of our team to develop a test area at our facility that can accommodate the requirements. I participate in design reviews and prepare documentation. In the activation phase, we physically test the component or engine.

Assistant Thermal Systems Engineer ,

National Solar Observatory - Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope

In construction a great day would involve great weather, sunshine, low wind, and a full crew working in their various trades with all their materials/tools on hand and with little to no safety hazards being observed.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Read and interpret blueprints, technical drawings, schematics, or computer-generated reports.
  • Research, design, evaluate, install, operate, or maintain mechanical products, equipment, systems or processes to meet requirements.
  • Confer with engineers or other personnel to implement operating procedures, resolve system malfunctions, or provide technical information.
  • Develop, coordinate, or monitor all aspects of production, including selection of manufacturing methods, fabrication, or operation of product designs.
  • Investigate equipment failures or difficulties to diagnose faulty operation and recommend remedial actions.

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