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Aerospace

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Civil

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Electrical

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Environmental

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Manufacturing

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Mechanical Engineering

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.

Meet David, an engineer at TE Connectivity who uses 3D printers to design cool models!

Overview1

$90,160

Median salary

299,200

Number of jobs in 2020

7%

Expected job growth over next 10 years

Jobs and education

4-year degree:

  • 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
  • Model the bending and twisting displayed by solar panels on a space telescope

 

2-year degree:

  • Set up equipment and instruments for an automobile crash test.
  • Test and supervise modifications to a manufacturing process so that a produce can be made better.

Activities

Friction in Action

Witness the science of objects in motion as they move on various surfaces.

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Shake It Up with Seismographs

Invent a way to detect an earthquake!

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