Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, manufacture, and test tools, engines, machines, and other mechanical devices. Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Engineers in this discipline work on power-producing machines such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines. They also work on power-using machines such as refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, machine tools, material-handling systems, elevators and escalators, industrial production equipment, and robots used in manufacturing.

Some mechanical engineers design tools that other engineers need for their work. In addition, mechanical engineers work in manufacturing or agriculture production, maintenance, or technical sales; many become administrators or managers. Some careers of interest for mechanical engineers include:

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Consulting Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Engineering Educator
  • Engineering Mechanic
  • Engineering Technician
  • Heating and Air-conditioning Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Materials Engineer
  • Materials Handling Engineer
  • Mechanical Drafter
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician
  • Millwright
  • Packaging Engineer
  • Plastics Engineer
  • Research Engineer
  • Safety Engineer
  • Sales Engineer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Systems Engineer
  • Test Engineer