A mechanical engineer is an engineering professional who researches, designs and tests a variety of mechanical parts or systems. This can include manufacturing systems or mechanisms to assist in processes and functionality of a manufacturing environment or product. These professionals can design everything from small mechanisms such as watch parts to large mechanical machines.
Most engineering educational programs include two years of general engineering, followed by two years of a specialized engineering discipline resulting in a bachelor's degree. Mechanical engineering occupations require at least a bachelor's degree of mechanical engineering, BSME. Employment opportunities may increase for mechanical engineers who obtain the Professional Engineer license which is administered by the National Society of Professional Engineers. Some states incorporate this credential into their engineer licensing requirements. This license is also highly recognized by employers.
Qualities Mechanical engineers must be creative and inquisitive to design a concept and make it a reality. This includes using analytical and mathematical abilities as well. Throughout the design process, mechanical engineers are responsible for effectively communicating the design concept both verbally and written, so excellent communication skills are required. Working with technical and non-technical teams, a mechanical engineer must understand and translate a concept into technical specifications for the mechanical design concept to be successful.