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, rewarding, and lucrative, 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.
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
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Mechanical Engineers was $88,430 in 2019 while
Mechanical Engineering Technicians earned a median salary of $56,980 in 2019.1
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.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/mechanical-engineers.htm (visited
June 26, 2020).