By: Christian S. Tindula
Mechanical engineering is a broad subject that over sees: Aerospace, Biotechnological, Electronics, Microelectronic, Energy Conversion, Environmental control, automation, and manufacture Engineering. A mechanical engineer needs to be able to take an idea and put it to product on the market in a very broad form of topics. Personally I would want to be a mechanical engineer because of energy conversion (wind turbines and solar panels), or automation (robotics)
I would like to believe that every mechanical engineer would start out the day with a warm cup of coffee staring out into the sunrise, but that just isn't realistic. Depending on which direction you went with mechanical engineering a work day for you would simply be to finish a project by a certain dead line. If you went into energy conversion that daily project would have been something like a new design or improvement of the solar fuel cell in solar panels. If you went into the biotechnological side of it your daily project would have been to work on a new and more effective prosthetic, and so on and so forth.
The minimum average salary in the US for a mechanical engineer is 56k a year. The national maximum average is 98k a year. The national average is 70k a year. There are also variances that depend on which company you work for and how much experience you have. Not everyone can start out making 106k a year right out of college.
The education required for a mechanical engineer is a bachelor's degree in engineering. If you plan to get a job however you need a professional engineer license. You can go the extra mile and get another degree in business (which can never be a bad idea), but the absolute basis that is required is a mechanical engineering bacherlor's degree