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17-2141.00 - Mechanical Engineers

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.

Sample of reported job titles: Application Engineer, Design Engineer, Design Maintenance Engineer, Equipment Engineer, Mechanical Design Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Process Engineer, Product Engineer, Project Engineer, Test Engineer

Also see: Fuel Cell Engineers, Automotive Engineers

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

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

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Accelerometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Acoustic sensors — Acoustic emission AE sensors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM — Optical laser scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dynamometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fatigue testers — Servohydraulic material testing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fiber sensors — Optical sensors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flow transmitters — Subsonic wind tunnels; Supersonic wind tunnels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flowmeters — Digital particle image velocimeters; Laser Doppler anemometers; Laser Doppler velocimeters LDV; Pitot tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Force or torque sensors — Force transducers; Torque transducers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Frequency analyzers — Spectrum analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fused deposition modeling machine — Fused deposition modeling FDM machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grinding or polishing machines — Chemical-mechanical polishing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hardness testers — Nano indentation systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heat exchangers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • High voltage cable detection — Contact testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Infrared imagers — Infrared thermography cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Infrared spectrometers — Cryogenic apparatus See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Interferometers — Interferometric microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Machine mounts or vibration isolators — Vibration control systems; Vibration isolators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical computed tomography CT or CAT complete stationary unit installation — Computed tomography CT systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microcontrollers — Programmable logic controllers PLC See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oscilloscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Photoelastic testing instruments — Photoelastic testing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plotter printers — Multi-pen plotters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Programmable tube furnaces — Vapor deposition tube furnaces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Proximity sensors — Position transducers; Radio frequency sensors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Refrigerated and heated reach in environmental or growth chambers — Environmental testing chambers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Roughness measuring instruments — Stylus profilometers; Surface profilometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanners — Laser digitizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanning electron microscopes — Scanning electron microscopes SEM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanning probe microscopes — Scanning probe microscopes SPM; Scanning tunneling microscopes STM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Semiconductor process systems — Plasma etchers; Rapid thermal processing systems; Wafer dicing saws; Wire bonders (see all 15 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Signal generators — Function generators; Pattern generators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrometers — Fluorescence spectrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Speed sensors — Velocity transducers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Step drive or stepper drive or step indexer — Steppers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Strain gauges — Dynamic strain indicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thickness measuring devices — Ellipsometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Torque converters — Torsional converters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vibration testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Video editors — Video editing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Voltage comparator integrated circuits — Analog to digital converters; Digital to analog converters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire cathode electrode discharge machine — Wire electrical discharge machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • X ray radiography examination equipment — X ray radiographic systems; X ray tubes See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — MAYA Nastran; ReliaSoft Weibull++ 6; Sigmetrix CETOL 6 Sigma; The MathWorks MATLAB (see all 23 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software; PTC Pro/ENGINEER software; UGS I-DEAS; Zeemax software (see all 18 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software — 1CadCam Unigraphics; Rapid prototyping software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft Access See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Development environment software — Ladder Logic; Microsoft Visual Basic; National Instruments LabVIEW; Rockwell Software (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software — SAP software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Financial analysis software — Cost estimation software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Industrial control software — Computer numerical control CNC software; Human machine interface HMI software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software — Bill of materials software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Object or component oriented development software — C++; G-code See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Microsoft Project See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Select tools, equipment, or technologies for use in operations or projects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Advise customers on the use of products or services. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate characteristics of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Document technical design details. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Review technical documents to plan work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Advise others regarding green practices or environmental concerns. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Perform marketing activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate plans or specifications to determine technological or environmental implications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design industrial processing systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design industrial equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Implement design or process improvements. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct equipment maintenance or repair activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare proposal documents. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with other personnel to resolve design or operational problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design electronic or computer equipment or instrumentation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install production equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Determine operational methods. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create models of engineering designs or methods. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise production or support personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimate operational costs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct industrial production activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Investigate system, equipment, or product failures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze design or requirements information for mechanical equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct installation activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identify new applications for existing technologies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinate safety or regulatory compliance activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Research industrial processes or operations. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 93% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 78% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 64% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 52% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 58% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 71% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 69% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 59% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 70% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 47% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 61% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 73% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 36% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 32% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 51% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 37% responded “Moderately competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 34% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 37% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 34% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 30% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 41% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 33% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 36% responded “Fairly serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 30% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 33% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 31% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Related 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.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Job Zone Examples Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, database administrators, teachers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.
SVP Range (7.0 to < 8.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
83   Bachelor's degree
7   Associate's degree
5   Some college, no degree

This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

Engineering — Mechanical Engineering

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: IRC

  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $39.93 hourly, $83,060 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 258,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 99,700
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Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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