A Mechanical Engineer creates, designs, develops and maintains mechanical systems through the application of physics and engineering principles. Field of Mechanical Engineering is one of the most diversified fields of Engineering.
Does intensive research to build a mechanical device that can replace manual labor.
Analyses and transforms a manual process to automated process.
Creates Blueprints, designs mechanical devices and monitors the manufacturing process.
Builds prototypes and tests them.
Re-designs or reverse engineer mechanical processes or devices.
Maintains and repairs mechanical devices.
According to BLS, a Bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement to get an entry-level job in this field. Employers prefer a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering accredited from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). However, students also have the option to choose a two-year pre-engineering degree. They can work as a mechanical drafter. Later they can also transfer to a 4-year program to finish engineering.
In the United States, if you want to offer engineering services directly to the public, you have to obtain a state license. You can apply for the license after completing your bachelor’s degree from an ABET accredited program. To become licensed first you have to qualify Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam conducted by National Council of Examiners for Surveying and then you have to work for 4 years under the supervision of a professional Engineer. The final step in obtaining a license is to qualify Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam. After qualifying these exam students becomes Professional Engineers (PEs).
Certifications in this field are optional but it can help a student in career enhancement and future job prospects. A Certificate can be obtained in the specific field of mechanical engineering.
A four year Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering enriches the student with the fundamentals of engineering and gives him technical knowledge to obtain a license and start his career. This program contains different processes in manufacturing a mechanical device from designing to the assembly line to building prototypes and testing etc.
It’s a 2-year program designed for the students who want to specialize in a specific area of mechanical engineering. Some popular areas are robotics, Automobiles, Aerospace etc. In this degree, they apply the knowledge they have learned in there undergraduate and the experience they gained in their jobs.
Doctorate program for Mechanical Engineering provides both bachelor and master degree applicants an opportunity to study a vast range of topics. Doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering puts heavy emphasis on research. So, it is suitable for candidates who are looking to be a college professor or industry researcher.
Certificate and Training are to guarantee that work done by engineers and others in specialized and proficient positions meets the prerequisites of managers, controllers, and the law. In the U.S., engineering provides certification and training.