What does a Junior 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.

  • 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
  • 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
EducationScience Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Junior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$68,434 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $68K
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Junior Mechanical Engineer Career Path

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Johnson MattheyJohnson Matthey
Mechanical Design Engineer
Oct 27, 2021

“Everyone I encountered at JM was friendly and welcoming which helped me settle in at the start of my career.”

Mechanical Engineer
Mar 2, 2021

“Everyone is typically nice and supportive towards anything you don't know and support for your work.”

Civil Service United KingdomCivil Service United Kingdom
Graduate Mechanical Engineer
Oct 14, 2020

“it is a highly flexible work enviroment and provides oportunities to work on a range of interesting projects”

Made In SpaceMade In Space
Mechanical Engineer
Mar 4, 2021

“Long hours and sometimes not enough resources to do as good a job as you know you could”

Mechanical Design Engineer II
Nov 16, 2021

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

Trane TechnologiesTrane Technologies
Mechanical Engineering Co-Op
Jan 11, 2021

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

Mechanical Engineering Student
May 8, 2021

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

Mechanical Designer
Nov 2, 2021

“1. Too high changes rate that lead to projects delay and not efficient resources management.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a junior mechanical engineer

When working as a junior mechanical engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are 3D Modeling, CAD Software, Indesign, Drawing, and Interpersonal and Communication.

The most similar professions to junior mechanical engineer are:
  • Design Engineer
  • Manufacturing Manager
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer

The most common qualifications to become a junior mechanical engineer include a minimum of a science degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.