What’s it all about: Mechanical engineers design,
construct, and test motors and machines that produce and use power.
Some mechanical engineers design heat, water, or gas systems; as
well as, designing and testing robotic products. They discuss with
customers their product or system needs. Engineers draw their
designs using computer-assisted design (CAD) computer software.
After the design step a prototype may be developed and the
mechanical engineer tests the product or system. They adjust the
design and construction so the product works according to the
customer’s specifications. They may also oversee the construction
and assembly of the products and systems, as well as, develop a
maintenance schedule. Mechanical engineers work mostly indoors and
must be highly accurate and thorough in performing their job. Errors
could seriously endanger the safety of those who use their products.
They also have to have good communication skills so they can talk
with clients and coworkers about projects.
Study for success: To work as a mechanical engineer you must: graduate from an approved
four-year college of engineering and pass an exam. To register as a
professional engineer, you must meet the above requirements plus
have four or more years of practical experience in engineering.
Helpful high school courses are: college prep courses, mathematics
(algebra, calculus, trigonometry, geometry), physical sciences,
computer science, drafting, industrial technology, and
Discover more: For more information write to:
Junior Engineering Technical Society
http://www.jets.org (Click on “Publications” then select desired
(Click on “About Engineers”)
Get Tech Careers
http://www.gettech.org/ (Click on “Get Tech Careers.” Select
“Engineering and Industrial
Technology.” Click on “Mechanical Engineer.”
Society of Women Engineers
http://www.swe.org/ (Select “Career Guidance” then “For Students.”
Click on “Is Engineering for You?”)
Related jobs: Other
engineering fields, engineering technicians, drafts
For more information contact:
Auburn Career Center
(440) 357-7542, ext. 239