Mechanical Engineer at a Glance

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Best States for Mechanical Engineer

  Employment
in 2011
Average
Annual Salary
Average
Hourly Pay
Michigan 30,450 $86,280 $41
South Carolina 6,310 $85,600 $41
Connecticut 5,650 $82,800 $40

Becoming a Mechanical Engineer

Entry level mechanical engineer jobs require at least a bachelor's degree. If you are interested in pursuing this type of career path, please be sure to select a degree program that is accredited by ABET (the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). This is highly preferred by potential employers and will be required to earn licensure as a professional engineer (PE).

As part of their training, students will gain a solid foundation in mathematics, physics, and engineering fundamentals. Many programs also incorporate internships and other field-experience components into the curriculum to help students apply the theories they have learned throughout the program in a real-world environment. Below are just a few classes mechanical engineering students might be required to take as part of a bachelor's degree program:

  • Introduction to Mechanical Design
  • Thermodynamics
  • Materials Science
  • Heat Transfer

Engineers who offer their services directly to the public must earn licensure in all states and the District of Columbia. This requires a degree from an ABET-accredited program, the successful completion of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, four years of relevant work experience, and a passing score on the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam. Some mechanical engineers may also seek certification through organizations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers to demonstrate their specialized skills in a specific subfield of the industry.