What Can You Do With A Major In Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical engineering is concerned with energy and its transformations and the design of objects and structures that move. Mechanical engineers are responsible for conceiving, designing, manufacturing, testing, and marketing devices and systems that alter, transfer, transform and utilize the energy form that ultimately causes motion. Employment opportunities range over product design, development, manufacturing, sales, management, teaching, and research. Employers include industrial companies, consulting firms, and government agencies and non-governmental organizations.

Typical Career Paths

Machine Design
Systems Design
Manufacturing and Production
Energy Conversion
Energy Resources

Transportation and Environmental Impact

Materials and Structures

Typical Job Titles With A Bachelor's Degree

Acoustics Engineer 

Automotive Engineer 

Biomedical Engineer 

Management Consultant 

Design Engineer 

Facilities Engineer 

Materials Engineer 

Maintenance Engineer 

Manufacturing Engineer 


Typical Job Titles With A Master's Degree

Senior Mechanical Project Engineer

Opto-Mechanical Engineer

Automotive Engineer

Architectural Drafting Engineer


General Career Directions

  • Director of Structural Analysis
  • Electro-Mechanical Test Engineer
  • Facilities Design Engineer
  • HVAC Mechanical Engineer
  • Manager of Operations
  • Mechanical Systems Engineer
  • Opto-Mechanical Engineer
  • Operations Research Engineer
  • Product Development Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • R & D Mechanical Engineer
  • Standards Engineer
  • Systems Integrator
  • Test Engineer

     Acoustic Analyst

  • Acoustics Analyst
  • Field Service Engineer
  • Machine Production Designer
  • Mechatronics Engineer
  • Nanotechnology Specialist
  • Packaging Engineer
  • Robotics Specialist


Typical Employers/Work Settings

  • Architectural Firms
  • Construction Industry
  • Consulting Engineering Firms
  • Consumer Products Design
  • Electronics Industry
  • Equipment Repair Industry
  • Government Agencies
  • Manufacturing Industry
  • Non-Governmental Agencies
  • Power Industry
  • Research Firms
  • Systems Management
  • Transportation Industry
  • Utilities Industry


Match This Major To Careers

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Beginning Salary Ranges

Payscale.com-Typical salaries

Entry Level with a Bachelor’s Degree: $58,000 -From the Spring 2008 NACE Salary Survey (National Association of Colleges and Employers)

Salary Resources


Skills Needed For This Career

Quantitative Reasoning   Problem solving
Research Skills   Data Analysis
Leadership   Technical Writing
Computer Skills   Reading Comprehension
Forecasting/Predicting   Teamwork
Written Communication   Analytical/Critical Thinking




Links To Professional Associations

National Academy of Engineering
National Society for Professional Engineers
Society of Women Engineers



Job Search Information



Graduate Schools

Applying To Graduate and Professional Schools


Link To UNF Program

The  College of Computing, Engineering and Construction  at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Science in  Mechanical Engineering 



Career Action Plan

  • Conduct an informational interview and/or shadow a professional in the field
  • Develop leadership experience by participating in on-campus activities (RA, Peer Advisor, Presidential Envoy, Student Government, Fraternity, Sorority, Student Club)
  • Gain experience through internships in your junior and/or senior years
  • Join a professional association for this career field