Job Spotlight: Mechanical Engineer

Despite already having experience with several jobs, many working adults are unable to answer the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Our monthly Job Spotlight blog series is designed to help answer that question. In this series, we review all the basics of specific jobs, from pay and duties, to why people do the jobs they do.

Mechanical Engineer

In this month’s Job Spotlight, we’re taking a look at what it means to be a Mechanical Engineer. The key responsibility of the job is designing, developing, building, and testing devices, machines, and more.


Required Education:

A Bachelor’s degree is usually required.



This varies depending on a variety of factors (e.g. experience, geographic area, industry, etc.), but Mechanical Engineers can make as much as $88,430 a year.


What Mechanical Engineers Do:

They deal with a variety of tasks, including*:

  • Designing, developing, building, and testing devices, machines, and more.
  • Analyzing mechanical issues to solve various problems.
  • Looking at equipment failures to determine the cause of any malfunctions.
  • Viewing test results and decided what they mean for changing the system or design.
  • Acting as overseer for the device manufacturing process.


What Qualities Should Mechanical Engineers Have?

Every position is different, but many companies look for the following skills and attributes:

  • Prior Mechanical Engineering experience.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to calculate complex figures and solve engineering problems.
  • Familiarity with computers and engineering programs.
  • Verbal and written communication skills.


Not sure where to find a position like this?

We can help!

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, Express Employment Professionals is a leading staffing provider in the U.S. and Canada. If you have any questions about  Mechanical Engineering jobs in your area or job search in general, contact your local Express office, download the ExpressJobs app from your mobile store, or fill out our online contact form.


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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Mechanical Engineers


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