Mechanical Engineer

Carson Santos

Description

  • Test machinery and equipment, analyze results, and prepare reports for engineers
  • Develop, assemble, and install mechanical equipment, systems, and parts
  • Prepare detailed drawings of machinery, mechanical systems, and other equipment
  • Lay out the production process for each part or system to be made
  • Analyze the costs and practicality of designs

Earnings

  • $31,000 to $73,000 a year or more
  • The median is about $48,000 a year
  • Technologists tend to earn more than technicians

Education

  • A degree in mechanical engineering technology or a related field
  • Technicians usually have an associate degree
  • Technologists often have a bachelor’s degree

Working Conditions

  • Employed by manufacturing and construction companies, along with consulting and industrial firms
  • Work in offices, research labs, and manufacturing and industrial plants
  • May travel to visit plants or construction sites
  • Most work a 5-day, 40-hour week, but overtime is sometimes necessary

Pros and Cons

Pros

Creativity can be brought to the work place.

work with friends

Good pay


Cons

Don't always agree with people

Ideas could already be used.

Product doesn't always take off