Potential Career/Occupation Information

Mechanical Engineer

Occupation Information table
Overview: Mechanical engineers plan and design tools, engines, machines and other mechanical products including power producing machines such as auto engines, steam turbines and rocket engines. They work as part of a team consisting of marketing, manufacturing and product service specialists.
Duties: They confer with marketing specialists to identify the performance characteristics of a mechanical product, the price range desired & consumer preferences regarding appearance and size.

Work with computer-aided design systems to arrive at a design plan and specifications for the product. Confer with marketing people for approval of operating characteristics and price.

They build prototypes of the proposed product. Conduct tests and experiments to assess the strength of materials to be used and reliability of working parts.

They conduct human factors engineering tests to assure human operators can conveniently use the product's displays and controls and work with manufacturing engineers to design production plans.

Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 5% to 8% percent from 2014 to 2024, which matches the average growth rate for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $46,000 to $51,000
Growth: Growth
Green: Green Career
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree from an accredited engineering program is the typical requirement for entry positions. Some employers require a master's degree. All 50 states require registration for engineering positions that may affect life, health or property of the public. Registration generally requires a bachelor's degree, four years of working experience and passing a state examination.
Recommended Skills:
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

* For New York salary data information .

* For New York green job information .

Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.

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