What do Mechanical Engineers do in their career

January 7, 2015 | By | Reply More

The field of mechanical engineering and some of the profession’s most significant contributions, as well as the career opportunities, will be discussed in this post. Now we turn to the career options where future mechanical engineers will face the global, social, and environmental challenges around the world. Because such a wide variety of industries employ mechanical engineers, the profession does not have a one-size-fits-all job description. Mechanical engineers can work as designers, researchers, and technology managers for companies that range in size from small start-ups to large multinational corporations.

what do mechanical engineers do in life

mechanical engineering careers

 

What do Mechanical Engineers do with their knowledge

To give you a glimpse of the range of available opportunities, mechanical engineers can:

Automobile

Design and analyze any component, material, module, or system for the next generation of automobiles

Medical equipment designing

Design and analyze medical devices, including aids for the disabled, surgical and diagnostic equipment, prosthetics, and artificial organs.

Refrigeration and Air-conditioning 

Design and analyze efficient refrigeration, heating, and air-conditioning systems

Thermal stress analysis 

Design and analyze the power and heat dissipation systems for any number of mobile computing and networking devices

Vehicle Safety

Design and analyze advanced urban transportation and vehicle safety systems

Research of energy forms 

Design and analyze sustainable forms of energy that are more readily accessible by nations, states, cities, villages, and people groups

space 

Design and analyze the next generation of space exploration systems

Automation industries 

Design and analyze revolutionary manufacturing equipment and automated assembly lines for a wide range of consumer products

Management 

Manage a diverse team of engineers in the development of a global product platform, identifying customer, market, and product opportunities

Consultancy 

Provide consultant services to any number of industries, including chemical, plastics, and rubber manufacturing; petroleum and coal production; computer and electronic products; food and beverage production; printing and publishing; utilities; and service providers.

Government jobs 

Work in public service for such governmental agencies as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Environmental Protection Agency, and national research laboratories

Teaching 

Teach mathematics, physics, science, or engineering at the high school, 2-year college, or 4-year university level

Others (technical and managerial)

Pursue significant careers in law, medicine, social work, business, sales, or finance. Historically, mechanical engineers could take either a technical track or a management track with their careers. However, the lines between these tracks are blurring as emerging product development processes are demanding knowledge not only about technical issues but also about economic, environmental, customer, and manufacturing issues. What used to be done in colocated teams using centrally located engineering expertise is now done by globally distributed teams taking advantage of engineering expertise in multiple geographic regions, lower-cost processes, global growth opportunities, and access to leading technologies.

Mechanical Engineering Career

Job openings historically labeled as “mechanical engineer” now include a number of diverse titles that reflect the changing nature of the profession. For example, the following job position titles all required a degree in mechanical engineering (taken from a leading job Web site):

      • Product engineer
      • Design engineer
      • Systems engineer
      • Power engineer
      • Manufacturing engineer
      • Packaging engineer
      • Renewable energy consultant
      • Electro-mechanical engineer
      • Applications engineer
      • Facilities design engineer
      • Product applications engineer
      • Mechanical product engineer
      • Mechanical device engineer
      • Energy efficiency engineer
      • Process development engineer
      • Mechatronics engineer
      • Principal engineer
      • Project capture engineer
      • Sales engineer
      • Plant engineer

Aside from requiring technical knowledge and skills, landing a job, keeping a job, and progressing upward through one’s career will depend on a number of skills that, at first glance, might appear to be nontechnical in nature. Mechanical engineers must be capable of taking initiative when handling work assignments, efficiently finding answers to problems, and accepting additional responsibility with success. A quick survey of engineering positions on any job Web site will demonstrate that employers place significant value on the ability of a mechanical engineer to communicate to a wide range of backgrounds and in all forms of verbal and written media. In fact, companies looking to hire engineers routinely note effective communication as the most important nontechnical attribute for aspiring engineers. The reason is quite simple—At each stage of a product’s development, mechanical engineers work with a wide range of people: supervisors, colleagues, marketing, management, customers, investors, and suppliers. An engineer’s ability to discuss and explain technical and business concepts clearly, and to interact well with coworkers, is critical. After all, if you have an outstanding and innovative technical breakthrough, but you are unable to convey the idea to others in a convincing manner, your idea is not very likely to be accepted.

Category: Mechanical

About the Author ()

Basic Mechanical Engineering is a small endeavor for the mechanical engineering students and fresh graduates. All the articles are written by mechanical "rocking" engineers \m/

Leave a Reply