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
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$80,000 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$60K
Median: $80K
$120K
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Mechanical Engineer Career Path

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Read what Mechanical Engineer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Johnson MattheyJohnson Matthey
Mechanical Design Engineer
27 Oct 2021

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

WoodwardWoodward
Mechanical Engineer
2 Mar 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
14 Oct 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
4 Mar 2021

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

MedtronicMedtronic
Mechanical Design Engineer II
16 Nov 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
11 Jan 2021

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

WawaWawa
Mechanical Engineering Student
8 May 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.”

ReelPower Industrial
Mechanical Engineering Intern
16 Aug 2020

“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 a mechanical engineer

When working as a mechanical engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are CAD Software, Siemens NX, AutoCAD, Security Clearance and Revit.

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

The most common qualifications to become a mechanical engineer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.