Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical engineers are professionals who have an aptitude for science and mathematics and who enjoy working with machinery. The field of mechanical engineering is quite broad. Mechanical engineers are sometimes called “air pollution control engineers” “environmental systems engineers” “manufacturing engineers” or “automotive engineers”. In general however mechanical engineers apply the principles of engineering to the construction of machines that produce or transmit power and they develop methods for turning natural energy sources to practical uses. Mechanical engineers usually specialize in one area such as designing aircraft car engines nuclear reactors commercial refrigeration equipment elevators escalators or printing presses. Aspiring mechanical engineers need at least a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. However many earn advanced degrees in a specialized area of engineering or in business administration. Mechanical engineers whose jobs have a direct impact on people’s lives health or property must be licensed. A license can be obtained by showing evidence of a degree from an accredited engineering college having several years of work experience some of which can be done while working toward a college degree and passing a state examination. Even after they are employed mechanical engineers continue to take courses and read professional journals in order to keep up with new developments. The outlook for employment in this field is positive. Salaries for mechanical engineers depend on experience location employer and level of education. According to the website httpcareers.stateuniversity.com the median annual salary for mechanical engineers is approximately $67000.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $67000
High Salary: $74000
Low Salary: $60000
Tasks: Designs machines.
Supervises production and installation of machinery.
Develops blueprints.
Invents fixes for malfunctioning machinery.
Also Called: Production Engineer
Manufacturing Engineer
Product Engineer
Project Engineer
Additional Resources: http://careers.stateuniversity.com/pages/407/Mechanical-Engineer.html
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/mechanical-engineer-job-description.html
http://ww2.prospects.ac.uk/p/types_of_job/mechanical_engineer_job_description.jsp