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Mechanical Engineers

Also called: Design Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Process Engineer, Product Engineer

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What they do:
Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.
On the job, you would:
  • Read and interpret blueprints, technical drawings, schematics, or computer-generated reports.
  • Research, design, evaluate, install, operate, or maintain mechanical products, equipment, systems or processes to meet requirements.
  • Confer with engineers or other personnel to implement operating procedures, resolve system malfunctions, or provide technical information.


Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • design
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it


  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Ideas and Logic
  • order or arrange things
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Innovation
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • MAYA Nastran
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Mathsoft Mathcad
Development environment software
  • Ladder Logic
  • Microsoft Visual Basic


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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