Computers, Tech & Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

If you have a mind for manufacturing, robotics, energy, aerodynamics, mechanics, or thermal design, enjoy analyzing mechanical systems to fix, improve, and innovate, and want a career that is both challenging and rewarding, a degree in Mechanical Engineering may be the perfect fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Mechanical Engineering students typically pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), or master's degree (6-7 years). In this field, a bachelor's degree is typically required for entry-level positions while a master's degree leads to management-related positions. It is worth noting that many states require licensure, especially if you are pursuing a public sector engineering position, and engineers must pass two exams, the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, and the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam (PE), before becoming a professional engineer.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in math and science coursework helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Mechanical Engineering Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Mechanical Engineering include:

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering Technologist
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Mechanical Engineers was $88,430 in 2019 (1) while Mechanical Engineering Technicians earned a median salary of $56,980 in 2019. (2)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.