What does a 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

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
9%
2 - 4
35%
5 - 7
31%
8+
25%

Common Skill Sets

CAD Software
Siemens NX
AutoCAD
Security Clearance
Revit
Written Communication
3D CAD
Dimensioning

Mechanical Engineer Seniority Levels

L2
Mechanical Engineer
$83,998/yr
Design Engineer
18% made the transition
Manufacturing Manager
5% made the transition
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Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$83,998 /yr
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Not including cash compensation
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$57K
Median: $84K
$123K
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