Mechanical Engineer

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.

Job Outlook through 2024

Employment Current: 10,390
Employment Projected: 11,160
Percentage Change: 7.4%

Education/Training

Bachelor's Degree

Sample Job Titles

  • Application Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Design Maintenance Engineer
  • Equipment Engineer
  • Mechanical Design Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Product Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Test Engineer

Duties

  • 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.

Skills

  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

 

Average Wages in PA

Entry Level: $56,660
Average: $86,270
Experienced: $101,080