Oregon State University

Mechanical Engineering

What is Mechanical Engineering? Related Careers
Related Skills Job & Internship Search Links
Career Planning Links Professional Association Links
Miscellaneous Links OSU School of Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

What is Mechanical Engineering?

According to the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacting Engineering at OSU, "Mechanical engineers are well-rounded, creative individuals who work on all kinds of mechanical, environmental, and materials-, fluids-, and heat-related problems.

"As a mechanical engineer you will use the principles of science, together with mathematics, to design and develop new materials, devices, processes, and systems and to analyze, troubleshoot, and improve on existing ones.

"You will apply your innovative problem-solving skills to a host of human endeavors, including (but certainly not limited to) energy conversion, health sciences, aerospace, transportation, and manufacturing. In fact, almost every type of industry employs mechanical engineers!"

Mechanical Engineering - What Can I Do with This Degree? pdf - lists the industry areas, employers, and strategies for using your degree.

Related Careers

Acoustics Engineer Machinery Engineer
Aerospace Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Applications Engineer Materials Engineer
Automotive Engineer Mechanical Maintenance Engineer
Biomedical Engineer Nuclear Engineer
Chemical Engineer Piping Engineer
Computational Toolbox Designer Plant Engineer
Consultant Power Generation Engineer
Design Engineer Production Engineer
Designer Engineer Professor
Energy Conservation Engineer Researcher
Field Service Engineer Robotics Engineer
Fluid Mechanics Engineer Test Engineer
Hip Replacement Joint Designer Textile Manufacturer
HVAC Engineer Thermal Design Engineer
Hydrofoil Surfboard Designer Tool Engineer

Related Skills

Ability to Prioritize & Work to Deadlines

Communication Skills (Oral & Written)

People Skills

Analytical Skills

Logical & Creative Approach to Issues

Problem Solving Skills

Background in Engineering Principles & Design

Numeracy Abilities

Team Player

Job & Internship Search Links

USAJobs.gov - check out the Students and Recent Grads section and the Federal Occupations by College Major for a listing of job titles related to your major.

The Fulcrum International - Search jobs and post resumes for architecture, engineering, and construction positions.

MechanicalEngineer.com - Lists professional position nationwide in the field of mechanical engineering, with links to corporations hiring mechanical engineers.

Jobs for Mechanical Engineers

Ford Careers and Employment

Jobs at HP

Aero Industry Jobs

Graduating Engineer and Computer Careers

Manufacturing Engineers


Engineer Net


Engineering Jobs.Com

The Silicon Valley Employment Page

Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook -  The following links also provide a summary of the career, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, the job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more information.

Explore Careers in Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Resources

What do Engineering Majors Study?

Professional Association Links

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

National Science Foundation

Society of Automotive Engineers

American Association of Engineering Societies

Society of Women Engineers

National Society of Black Engineers

Miscellaneous Links

Mechanical Engineering Magazine

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