Mechanical Engineers

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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 practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

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

  • Minitab
  • The MathWorks MATLAB Hot Technology

Instant messaging software

  • Blink

Computer aided design CAD software

  • Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D Hot Technology
  • Autodesk Revit Hot Technology In Demand


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

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