Mechanical Engineers
SOC: 17-2141.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
277,500 employed

Projected (2024):
292,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Air Conditioning Engineer
  • Application Engineer
  • Auto Research Engineer
  • Automation Engineer
  • Body Engineer
  • Brake Engineer
  • Car Designer
  • Combustion Engineer
  • Cooling and Heating Systems Design Engineer
  • Cryogenics Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Design Maintenance Engineer
  • Diesel Engineer
  • Diesel Retrofit Designer
  • Distribution Engineer
  • Dust Control Engineer
  • Electro-Mechanical Engineer
  • Engine Designer
  • Engineer
  • Equipment Engineer
  • Erecting Engineer
  • Facilities Mechanical Design Engineer
  • Failure Analysis Technician
  • Field Service Engineer
  • Geothermal Power Generation Mechanical Engineer
  • Heating and Cooling Systems Engineer
  • Heating Engineer
  • HVAC Design Mechanical Engineer (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Design Mechanical Engineer)
  • HVAC Engineer (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Engineer)
  • HVAC Engineer (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Engineer)
  • HVAC Sensor and Digital Control Designer (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Sensor and Digital Control Designer)
  • Hydraulic Engineer
  • Hydroelectric Plant Mechanical Engineer
  • Industrial Green Systems Designer
  • Industrial Retrofit Designer
  • Installation Engineer
  • Internal Combustion Engineer
  • Machine Design Engineer
  • Machine Tool Designer
  • Mechanical Design Engineer
  • Mechanical Design Facilities or Products Engineer
  • Mechanical Development Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechanical Equipment Test Engineer
  • Mechanical Research Engineer
  • Motorcycle Designer
  • Plant Equipment Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Product Engineer
  • Products Mechanical Design Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Refrigeration Engineer
  • Roller Coaster Designer
  • Roller Coaster Engineer
  • Servomechanism Designer
  • Sheet Metal Engineer
  • Stress Analyst
  • Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)
  • Test Engineer
  • Test Inspection Engineer
  • Textile Engineer
  • Tool and Die Engineer
  • Tool Design Engineer
  • Tool Designer
  • Tool Engineer
  • Tooling Engineer
  • Utilization Engineer
  • Ventilating Engineer
  • Ventilating Expert
  • Weapons Designer
  • Weapons Engineer
  • Wind Turbine Mechanical Engineer


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Read and interpret blueprints, technical drawings, schematics, or computer-generated reports.
  • Confer with engineers or other personnel to implement operating procedures, resolve system malfunctions, or provide technical information.
  • Research and analyze customer design proposals, specifications, manuals, or other data to evaluate the feasibility, cost, or maintenance requirements of designs or applications.
  • Provide feedback to design engineers on customer problems or needs.
  • Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, or repair to ensure that machines or equipment are installed and functioning according to specifications.
  • Conduct research that tests or analyzes the feasibility, design, operation, or performance of equipment, components, or systems.
  • Recommend design modifications to eliminate machine or system malfunctions.
  • Develop, coordinate, or monitor all aspects of production, including selection of manufacturing methods, fabrication, or operation of product designs.
  • Establish or coordinate the maintenance or safety procedures, service schedule, or supply of materials required to maintain machines or equipment in the prescribed condition.
  • Write performance requirements for product development or engineering projects.
  • Apply engineering principles or practices to emerging fields, such as robotics, waste management, or biomedical engineering.
  • Design test control apparatus or equipment or develop procedures for testing products.
  • Calculate energy losses for buildings, using equipment such as computers, combustion analyzers, or pressure gauges.
  • Design integrated mechanical or alternative systems, such as mechanical cooling systems with natural ventilation systems, to improve energy efficiency.
  • Direct the installation, operation, maintenance, or repair of renewable energy equipment, such as heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) or water systems.
  • Evaluate mechanical designs or prototypes for energy performance or environmental impact.
  • Recommend the use of utility or energy services that minimize carbon footprints.
  • Select or install combined heat units, power units, cogeneration equipment, or trigeneration equipment that reduces energy use or pollution.
  • Research, design, evaluate, install, operate, or maintain mechanical products, equipment, systems or processes to meet requirements.
  • Investigate equipment failures or difficulties to diagnose faulty operation and recommend remedial actions.
  • Develop or test models of alternate designs or processing methods to assess feasibility, sustainability, operating condition effects, potential new applications, or necessity of modification.
  • Specify system components or direct modification of products to ensure conformance with engineering design, performance specifications, or environmental regulations.
  • Assist drafters in developing the structural design of products, using drafting tools or computer-assisted drafting equipment or software.
  • Estimate costs or submit bids for engineering, construction, or extraction projects.
  • Perform personnel functions, such as supervision of production workers, technicians, technologists, or other engineers.
  • Solicit new business.
  • Provide technical customer service.
  • Study industrial processes to maximize the efficiency of equipment applications, including equipment placement.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Accelerometers
  • Acoustic emission AE sensors
  • Air compressors
  • Aligners
  • Analog to digital converters
  • Anodic wafer bonding systems
  • Chemical-mechanical polishing equipment
  • Computed tomography CT systems
  • Contact lithography equipment
  • Contact testers
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM
  • Cryogenic apparatus
  • Deep reactive ion etchers DRIE
  • Digital particle image velocimeters
  • Digital to analog converters
  • Dynamic strain indicators
  • Dynamometers
  • Ellipsometers
  • Environmental testing chambers
  • Evaporation systems
  • Flip-chip wafer bonding systems
  • Fluorescence spectrometers
  • Force transducers
  • Function generators
  • Fused deposition modeling FDM machines
  • Heat exchangers
  • Infrared thermography cameras
  • Interferometers
  • Interferometric microscopes
  • Laser digitizers
  • Laser Doppler anemometers
  • Laser Doppler velocimeters LDV
  • Multi-pen plotters
  • Multimeters
  • Nano indentation systems
  • Optical laser scanners
  • Optical sensors
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Pattern generators
  • Personal computers
  • Photoelastic testing machines
  • Pitot tubes
  • Plasma etchers
  • Position transducers
  • Precision positioning tables
  • Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Projection lithography equipment
  • Radio frequency sensors
  • Rapid thermal processing systems
  • Scanning electron microscopes SEM
  • Scanning probe microscopes SPM
  • Scanning tunneling microscopes STM
  • Servohydraulic material testing machines
  • Spectrum analyzers
  • Spin-coaters
  • Sputtering systems
  • Steppers
  • Strain gauges
  • Stylus profilometers
  • Subsonic wind tunnels
  • Supersonic wind tunnels
  • Surface profilometers
  • Torque transducers
  • Torsional converters
  • Vapor deposition tube furnaces
  • Velocity transducers
  • Vibration control systems
  • Vibration isolators
  • Vibration testers
  • Video editing equipment
  • Wafer bonding systems
  • Wafer dicing saws
  • Wire bonders
  • Wire electrical discharge machines
  • X ray radiographic systems
  • X ray tubes
  • 1CadCam Unigraphics
  • Accelerated life testing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • ANSYS software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Bentley MicroStation
  • Bill of materials software
  • Blue Ridge Numerics CFDesign
  • C
  • C++
  • Computational fluid dynamics CFD software
  • Computer aided design and drafting software CADD
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Computer numerical control CNC software
  • COSMOSWorks software
  • Cost estimation software
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA software
  • Data acquisition software
  • Design of experiments DOE software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • Failure assessment software
  • Failure mode and effects analysis FMEA software
  • Finite element method FEM software
  • G-code
  • Grid generation software
  • Hewlett-Packard HP Graphics Language HPGL
  • Human machine interface HMI software
  • IBM Notes
  • InnovMetric PolyWorks
  • Intergraph Plant Design System PDS
  • Ladder Logic
  • Lambda Research OSLO
  • Life cycle cost software
  • Mathsoft Mathcad
  • MAYA Nastran
  • Mesh generation software
  • Metrix Imageware Surfacer
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Word
  • Minitab software
  • Modal analysis software
  • Motion analysis software
  • MUMPS M
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • Optical analysis software
  • Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management software
  • PTC Creo Parametric
  • Rapid prototyping software
  • Reliability analysis software
  • ReliaSoft Alta 6 Pro
  • ReliaSoft BlockSim
  • ReliaSoft Weibull++ 6
  • Reverse engineering software
  • Rockwell Software
  • SAP software
  • Sigmetrix CETOL 6 Sigma
  • SolidWorks CAD software
  • Statistical energy analysis SEA software
  • Statistical software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • UGS I-DEAS
  • Verilog
  • Video analysis software
  • Zeemax software


  • architecture and engineering


    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980