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Careers in Mechanical Engineering

written by: Haresh Khemani • edited by: Lamar Stonecypher • updated: 9/10/2008

Mechanical Engineering is one of the most versatile and dynamic fields of engineering. In pursuing this degree you study a wide variety of subjects and gain plenty of skills that open doors to a number of career options.

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    Mechanical Engineering is considered to be one of the most versatile and dynamic fields of engineering. It is versatile because a variety of subjects are included in the pursuit of a Mechanical Engineering degree. If you study Mechanical engineering, you will not only study the subjects of Mechanical Engineering, but also subjects of other branches like civil, electronic, electrical and computer engineering. Of course you will also be studying a wide variety of subjects of Mechanical Engineering itself like Mechanics, Designing, Thermodynamics, Thermal Engineering, Power Plant Engineering, HVAC, Production Engineering, Metrology and Quality Control, Maintenance Engineering, etc.

    Since you will be studying such a wide variety of subjects, it is quite natural that you will gain lots of skills while studying for your Mechanical Engineering degree. With such a variety of skills you will have wide range of career options. The field of Mechanical Engineering is considered to be an “Ever Green” field. No matter what trends are going on in the world, the Mechanical Engineer adjusts itself to the prevalent conditions and finds a lucrative job for him or her.

    After completing your Mechanical Engineering degree you may pursue your career in different fields. If you love supervision and handling a team of people you may decide on to become Production Engineer, Power Plant Engineer or Project Engineer. If you love to work on your own and have lots of creativity, then you can become an expert Design Engineer. If computers are your passion, you can l become a Software Engineer, for these days a number of languages are also taught in the Mechanical Engineering course. Then you can also make career in Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM). There are many more fields which you can opt for after completing your degree in Mechanical Engineering.

    Mechanical Engineers are required in large variety of industries. Some of the most openings in Mechanical Engineering industries may be in automotives, HVAC, molds manufacturing, steel companies, foundries, workshops, pipe companies, etc. You are sure to find the jobs in any of these and many more industries.

    Mechanical Engineering field is considered to be dynamic because apart from the studies you tend to learn many more things. Right from their engineering studies itself the mechanical engineers are trained to face rough and tough life and overcome difficult situations. Further, it has been found that Mechanical Engineers tend to get involved in a number of extra-curricular activities like social work, sports etc. that adds dynamism in their personality. Having passed through tough phases and being dynamic, the Mechanical Engineers make themselves successful wherever they go.

    At the present times, Mechanical Engineering is not limited to only men, a number of women have been studying Mechanical Engineering and have become successful in this field. For the men who have been considering Mechanical Engineering as the “Dry Field” due to lack of the feminine presence, this is surely encouraging news.

    For further information on specific Mechanical Engineering Career fields, please read more:

    Careers in Mechanical Engineering as a Production Engineer
    Careers in Mechanical Engineering as a CAD Designer
    Careers in Mechanical Engineering as a Power Plant Engineer
    Careers in Mechanical Engineering as a Maintenance Engineer
    Careers in Mechanical Engineering as a CNC Machine Programmer