Mechanical Engineer

Career Overview

Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and evaluate machinery and systems for power generation, heating and air conditioning, engines, and machines. They are also involved in the installation, operation, and maintenance of these systems.


A four-year bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering is necessary to obtain this position. A higher degree (master's or doctorate), which may take an additional two-five years to earn, may be required by some organizations and would definitely be more valuable.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$53,000 /yr
$84,000 /yr
$131,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • English - as much as possible!
  • Public Speaking
  • Writing
  • Math - as much as possible, including calculus!
  • Science - as much as possible, including physics!
Work Environment

Mechanical engineers are generally employed by engineering services, manufacturing and power companies, and consulting firms. They generally work office jobs, but they will likely visit work sites periodically. The also often work in team environments.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. Opportunities will be more readily available to individuals who stay up to date with advances in technology.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada