Mechanical engineers design power-producing machines such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines as well as power-using machines, such as refrigeration and air-conditioning systems. Mechanical engineers design other machines inside buildings, such as elevators and escalators.
4 years of study, Bachelor degree, and mechanical degree
such as vehicle design, robotics, nanotechnology or energy.
Licensure. Mechanical engineers working in all states must earn licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE). Requirements for PE licensure include a bachelor's degree from a four-year institution accredited by ABET and work experience under the supervision of a licensed engineer.
According to the BLS, mechanical engineers earned a median salary of $83,590 in 2015. The best-paid earned about $128,430, while the lowest-paid earned less than $53,640. Industries that pay well include oil and gas extraction as well as information services.