Details Report for:
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
Tasks | Technology Skills | Tools Used | 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
- Analytical or scientific software — MAYA Nastran; Minitab ; ReliaSoft Weibull++ 6; The MathWorks MATLAB (see all 24 examples)
- Cloud-based data access and sharing software — Microsoft SharePoint
- Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D ; Autodesk Revit ; Bentley MicroStation ; Dassault Systemes SolidWorks (see all 19 examples)
- Computer aided manufacturing CAM software — 1CadCam Unigraphics; Rapid prototyping software
- Configuration management software — Chef; Perforce Helix software; Puppet
- Customer relationship management CRM software — Microsoft Dynamics
- Data base management system software — Teradata Database
- Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software; Microsoft Access ; Microsoft SQL Server
- Development environment software — Microsoft Visual Basic ; Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications VBA ; National Instruments LabVIEW ; Verilog (see all 10 examples)
- Electronic mail software — IBM Notes ; Microsoft Exchange
- Enterprise resource planning ERP software — Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne ; SAP
- Financial analysis software — Cost estimation software
- Geographic information system — ESRI ArcGIS software ; Geographic information system GIS software
- Graphics or photo imaging software — Adobe Systems Adobe Fireworks; Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator ; SmugMug Flickr ; Trimble SketchUp Pro
- Industrial control software — Computer numerical control CNC software; Human machine interface HMI software; Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software
- Instant messaging software — Blink
- Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software — Bill of materials software
- Object or component oriented development software — C++ ; Perl ; Python ; R (see all 5 examples)
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office
- Operating system software — Shell script
- Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
- Process mapping and design software — Microsoft Visio
- Project management software — Microsoft Project ; Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Acoustic sensors — Acoustic emission AE sensors
- Air compressors
- Coordinate measuring machines CMM — Optical laser scanners
- Fatigue testers — Servohydraulic material testing machines
- Fiber sensors — Optical sensors
- Flow transmitters — Subsonic wind tunnels; Supersonic wind tunnels
- Flowmeters — Digital particle image velocimeters; Laser Doppler anemometers; Laser Doppler velocimeters LDV; Pitot tubes
- Force or torque sensors — Force transducers; Torque transducers
- Frequency analyzers — Spectrum analyzers
- Fused deposition modeling machine — Fused deposition modeling FDM machines
- Grinding or polishing machines — Chemical-mechanical polishing equipment
- Hardness testers — Nano indentation systems
- Heat exchangers
- High voltage cable detection — Contact testers
- Infrared imagers — Infrared thermography cameras
- Infrared spectrometers — Cryogenic apparatus
- Interferometers — Interferometric microscopes
- Machine mounts or vibration isolators — Vibration control systems; Vibration isolators
- Medical computed tomography CT or CAT stationary units — Computed tomography CT systems
- Microcontrollers — Programmable logic controllers PLC
- Personal computers
- Photoelastic testing instruments — Photoelastic testing machines
- Plotter printers — Multi-pen plotters
- Programmable tube furnaces — Vapor deposition tube furnaces
- Proximity sensors — Position transducers; Radio frequency sensors
- Refrigerated and heated reach in environmental or growth chambers — Environmental testing chambers
- Roughness measuring instruments — Stylus profilometers; Surface profilometers
- Scanners — Laser digitizers
- Scanning electron microscopes — Scanning electron microscopes SEM
- Scanning probe microscopes — Scanning probe microscopes SPM; Scanning tunneling microscopes STM
- Semiconductor process systems — Plasma etchers; Rapid thermal processing systems; Wafer dicing saws; Wire bonders (see all 15 examples)
- Signal generators — Function generators; Pattern generators
- Spectrometers — Fluorescence spectrometers
- Speed sensors — Velocity transducers
- Step drive or stepper drive or step indexer — Steppers
- Strain gauges — Dynamic strain indicators
- Thickness measuring devices — Ellipsometers
- Torque converters — Torsional converters
- Vibration testers
- Video editors — Video editing equipment
- Voltage comparator integrated circuits — Analog to digital converters; Digital to analog converters
- Wire cathode electrode discharge machine — Wire electrical discharge machines
- X ray radiography examination equipment — X ray radiographic systems; X ray tubes
- Review technical documents to plan work.
- Design industrial processing systems.
- Design industrial equipment.
- Evaluate characteristics of equipment or systems.
- Confer with other personnel to resolve design or operational problems.
- Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans.
- Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.
- Direct industrial production activities.
- Investigate system, equipment, or product failures.
- Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.
- Create models of engineering designs or methods.
- Implement design or process improvements.
- Advise others regarding green practices or environmental concerns.
- Direct equipment maintenance or repair activities.
- Direct installation activities.
- Evaluate plans or specifications to determine technological or environmental implications.
- Analyze design or requirements information for mechanical equipment or systems.
- Design electronic or computer equipment or instrumentation.
- Identify new applications for existing technologies.
- Estimate operational costs.
- Prepare proposal documents.
- Document technical design details.
- Perform marketing activities.
- Supervise production or support personnel.
- Advise customers on the use of products or services.
- Research industrial processes or operations.
- Coordinate safety or regulatory compliance activities.
- Determine operational methods.
- Install production equipment or systems.
- Select tools, equipment, or technologies for use in operations or projects.
|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 real estate brokers, sales managers, database administrators, graphic designers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.|
|SVP Range||(7.0 to < 8.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|5||Some college, no degree|
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.
|17-2072.00||Electronics Engineers, Except Computer|
|17-2111.00||Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors|
|17-2112.02||Validation Engineers Bright Outlook|
|17-3026.00||Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2020)||$43.35 hourly, $90,160 annual|
|Employment (2020)||299,200 employees|
|Projected growth (2020-2030)||Average (5% to 10%)|
|Projected job openings (2020-2030)||20,200|
|Top industries (2020)||
Manufacturing (48% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data and 2020-2030 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2020-2030). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
- American Society for Engineering Education
- National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying
- National Society of Professional Engineers
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Mechanical engineers
- SAE International
- Society of Women Engineers
- Technology Student Association
- The American Society of Mechanical Engineers