Mechanical Engineers

Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $31.21/hr
Median: $38.11/hr
Experienced: $31.21/hr

Current Employment
1,097 (2018)

Projected Employment
1,175 (2029)

Growth for Mechanical Engineers

IndustryOccupations Jobs in Industry (2018)% Occupation in Industry (2018)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2018)
Special Die and Tool, Die Set, Jig, and Fixture Manufacturing30241%9.6%
Other Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing618.3%2.5%
Machine Tool Manufacturing415.6%9.6%
Industrial Mold Manufacturing364.8%9.7%
Machine Shops212.9%1%

Industries Employing Mechanical Engineers

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2018)% of Occupation in Industry (2018)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2018)
Engineering Services15213.9%4.9%
Federal Government, Civilian, Excluding Postal Service12511.4%.7%
Special Die and Tool, Die Set, Jig, and Fixture Manufacturing797.2%2.5%
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Nanotechnology and Biotechnology)555%2.4%
Other Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing433.9%1.8%

Occupational Tasks

  • Read and interpret blueprints, technical drawings, schematics, or computer-generated reports.
  • Research, design, evaluate, install, operate, or maintain mechanical products, equipment, systems or processes to meet requirements.
  • Confer with engineers or other personnel to implement operating procedures, resolve system malfunctions, or provide technical information.
  • Develop, coordinate, or monitor all aspects of production, including selection of manufacturing methods, fabrication, or operation of product designs.
  • Investigate equipment failures or difficulties to diagnose faulty operation and recommend remedial actions.