What do Mechanical Engineers do?

Engineering Guide and Review

What Do Mechanical Engineers Do?

Mechanical engineers work on today's and tomorrow's technical problems. For example:

Mechanical engineering is a diverse field and mechanical engineers are found working on almost all technologies. Mechanical engineers work to make our lives more comfortable by designing components and systems for product delivery for use in manufacturing.  They create machines, products, and new technologies. Mechanical engineers work on cryogenic, vacuum and mechanisms by applying analytical techniques such as testing and mathematics.  They may design automation and robotics, heating and ventilation or refrigeration.  They also redesign existing components, assemblies and manufacturing systems and processes with special machinery for improved efficiency. Emerging technologies in biotechnology, materials science, and nanotechnology will create new technological opportunities for mechanical engineers. Additional opportunities for mechanical engineers will arise because a degree in mechanical engineering often can be applied in other engineering specialties. Some of the largest industries employing mechanical engineers are: Aerospace, automotive, architecture and government . More than half of mechanical engineers are employed in manufacturing - mostly in machinery, transportation equipment, computer and electronic products, and fabricated metal products manufacturing industries. 


Some Other Design Specialties:

  • Automotive engineering
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Agricultural engineering
  • Bio Engineering or Bio-mechanical
  • Ceramic engineering
  • Computer engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Fire protection engineering
  • Geological engineering
  • Geothermal engineering
  • Industrial engineering
  • Manufacturing engineering
  • Materials engineering
  • Metallurgy and Mining engineering
  • Naval engineering
  • Nuclear engineering
  • Ocean engineering
  • Optical engineering
  • Piping
  • Plastics engineering

Typical Mechanical Engineer Titles

  • Associate Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Senior Engineer
  • Staff Engineer
  • Principal Engineer