Mechanical Engineers research, design, and develop a variety of industrial, commercial, and residential system equipment used in manufacturing, heating and cooling systems, processing, aerospace, manufacturing, and more. With job growth tied to the prosperity of a myriad of other industries, employment prospects are strong.

The Job

Work realities:
As many industries employ Mechanical Engineers, job settings are diverse. Since these engineers work at the planning and installation end of a project, they may spend time at client offices and jobsites, as well as at their own offices where they do their design and analysis work. They may supervise technicians and other engineers who execute drawings, calculations, and cost estimates.

A Mechanical Engineer may perform duties such as research, planning, design or installation of systems or equipment, as well as troubleshooting problems during and after the design and installation. He might prepare contacts or estimates for upcoming jobs. His job might also include developing maintenance standards and schedules for industrial maintenance workers, or supervising workers who perform different aspects of the job.

Future possibilities:
Mechanical Engineers can move into supervisory, more senior positions, or management with experience. As they work with many other engineering professionals, they may choose to move into related fields or opt for careers in sales, marketing, writing, or education.


Aside from having the degrees, experience, and certifications, successful Mechanical Engineers are creative, intuitive, and versatile. Good team players, they should also be problem solvers who can effectively communicate with their staff, peers, and clients.

Required Skills and Training

Mechanical Engineers must have a Bachelor's degree, usually in Mechanical Engineering or a related Engineering field. A graduate degree may be required.

Some entry-level positions may be available, but more senior level positions require experience.

Skills and Certifications:
Mechanical Engineers need certification by a provincial or territorial association to practice as a Professional Engineer. After several years of experience, they must also register within their province.


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