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Mechanical Engineering Overview

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Mechanical Engineering Overview

According to the US Department of Labor "mechanical engineers research, design, develop, manufacture, and test tools, engines, machines, and other mechanical devices. 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." The Mechanical Engineering Department has a video on Mechanical Engineering careers on its web site.

According to the US Department of Labor, "practically every company that designs and produces a product employs mechanical engineers. Examples of industries where mechanical engineers are employed include automotive, aerospace, biotechnology, computers and electronics, energy conservation, environmental control, automation and manufacturing, and academia - in areas such as product design, research and development, testing, manufacturing, plant operation, consulting, sales, and research. Many graduates enter masters or doctoral programs."  

Top employers in the field include Boeing, Caterpillar, Ford, General Electric, General Motors, Honda R&D Americas, Northrop Grumman, Pratt and Whitney, Schlumberger, The Metropolitan Transportation Authority.  Sloan Cornerstone Career Center hosts a list of other employers to explore.

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      • Pathways to Science: To find programs such as undergraduate summer research opportunities, graduate fellowships, postdoctoral positions, as well as resources and materials pertaining to recruitment, retention, and mentoring
      • National Science Foundation REU Sites: The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation
      • American Academy for Advancement of Science: A resource list of AAAS career development programs
      • ACECNY: A proactive coalition of more than 270 firms representing every discipline of engineering related to the built environment - civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, geotechnical - and affiliated companies.
      • Engineering Jobs – Mechanical: A broad-scale listing of mechanical engineering employment opportunities
      • Aero Industry Jobs: A job listing specifically focused on the aerospace and defense industries
      • Careersinfood.com: Employment Site for the Food and Beverage Manufacturing Industry
      • PennEnergy: A fascinating compilation of job listings within the mechanical and energy-oriented portions of engineering
      • Aerotek Mechanical Engineering Jobs: Listing of mechanical engineering jobs at Aerotek
      • Research Gate: A network dedicated to science and research. Connect, collaborate and discover scientific publications, jobs and conferences
      • Engineering Central: Lists engineering positions and resumes across all engineering disciplines
      • Engineer.net: A broad-scale engineering job-search engine that many companies use to find new talent

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      Last updated December 2014