Mechanical Engineering


Career Description

As a mechanical engineer, you might develop a bike lock or an aircraft carrier, a child’s toy or a hybrid car engine, a wheelchair or a sailboat—in other words, just about anything you can think of that involves a mechanical process, whether it’s a cool, cutting-edge product or a life-saving medical device. Mechanical engineers are often referred to as the general practitioners of the engineering profession, since they work in nearly every area of technology, from aerospace and automotive to computers and biotechnology.

Salary

Median
$83,590
Lowest
$53,640
Highest
$128,430

Projects

Design “smart” toys for kids
Develop cars that are more fuel efficient
Produce hypoallergenic air conditioning for hospital operating rooms
Create prosthetic hands that allow a person to type and write
Build aerospace vehicles to trek across planets and moons, collecting samples
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