What does an Associate Mechanical Engineer do?

Mechanical engineers develop, design, build, test, and inspect mechanical devices and systems, such as machines, tools, and engines. Since mechanical engineering is a very broad field, they work in a variety of different industries designing a wide range of products. Most mechanical engineers work in manufacturing, research and development, or at companies that offer engineering services.

Typically, mechanical engineers have a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or in a related field such as mechanical engineering technology. They need advanced mathematical skills to perform calculations and they need to be able to think creatively.

What responsibilities are common for Associate Mechanical Engineer jobs?
  • Plan, conceptualize, and create mechanical designs for new products
  • Develop testing processes, and perform testing and validation of new designs
  • Generate working prototypes for beta testing and customer demonstration
  • Perform engineering calculations to support design work
  • Create and review technical drawings, plans, and specifications using computer software
  • Collaborate with multi-disciplinary engineering teams, and work with vendors and contractors
  • Perform detailed documentation to track project development and design process
  • Ensure project timeline is met and project stays within budget
What are the typical qualifications for Associate Mechanical Engineer jobs?
  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or in a related field
  • 2-5 years of experience working in engineering
  • Firm grasp of engineering concepts, and experience desiging mechanical systems and products
  • Excellent math skills: ability to apply advanced mathematical principles and statistics to solve problems
  • Experience using CAD software such as SolidWorks, AutoCAD, or similar
  • Exceptional technical and problem-solving skills and reasoning ability
  • Ability to communicate effectively and clearly
  • Must be self-motivated and a great team worker
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does an Associate Mechanical Engineer make?

Associate Mechanical Engineer Career Path

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L2
Associate Mechanical Engineer
$82,455/yr
L3
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
35%
2 - 4
21%
5 - 7
5%
8+
39%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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“Long hours and sometimes not enough resources to do as good a job as you know you could”

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“My group is in a rough spot but overall the culture is good and I enjoy my work.”

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“Everyone was so kind and didn't seem bothered no matter how many questions I had.”

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“It is a fair and secure job where one is given opportunities for promotion if one works well and shows enthusiasm toward the job.”

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“Senior staff was really helpful and was there to teach new things and answer questions.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of mechanical engineers

Mechanical engineersspend most of their day working on a computer, and solve problems by using math — lots of math. Mechanical engineers design, develop, and test mechanical devices such as engines, machines, or robots. They may specialize in particular fields including thermal engineering, manufacturing engineering, aerospace engineering, and biomedical engineering.

A career as a mechanical engineer can be very rewarding because you will be able to help people by designing machines that improve their quality of life. Mechanical engineering is also an excellent choice because it can lead to a career in other fields like business, manufacturing, and accounting if one chooses not to work as a mechanical engineer.

Working as a mechanical engineer can be hard, and you may have to work long hours to meet deadlines or solve problems. You also have to be willing to do some physical work and spend a lot of time doing paperwork. Mechanical engineers are often required by law to pursue professional development by completing continuing education courses, even after obtaining their degree.

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