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Mechanical Engineer

Job Title and Job Description

Mechanical Engineer

I am a mechanical engineer working at a company that builds medical devices that tests blood. I work in a team of electrical and software engineers to build test equipment to test parts of the medical device. I brainstorm, design, research and have parts built to create fixtures capable of housing all the components needed and function correctly. My favorite part is building up the test fixtures once I get all my parts made. I also really like using the 3D modeling program to design my parts. It allows you to be creative, and I am constantly learning new things.

What are some related career opportunities and job titles in your company or in your career area?

There are opportunities in a variety of industries. I have worked in the medical field and product design field. There is also opportunities to work in defense, hvac, automotive, aerospace, and plenty of other fields. I think there will always be a demand for mechanical engineers in the medical industry.

What new technology will be important?

Being able to work on electro-mechanical parts is becoming more prominant in technology, which combines mechanical and electrical engineering to create parts.

What education or training did you have to prepare for this career?

I have a B.S. in mechanical engineering.

What education or training do you recommend for students today who want to enter this field?

At least a B.S. in mechanical engineering.

When you were in high school, did you know that you would enter this field?

No, I almost went to college undecided, then a month before it started I entered the college of engineering. I knew I liked math, and science was always fun for me, so I based my decision off of that. Once I was in the engineering classes, I decided to study mechanical engineering.

Skills Profile

Skills UsedRating (5=Most Important thru
1=Not Important)
Comments

Artistic 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Importantdepends on what industry you are in. 
Athletic / Physical 1-Not Important 
Bilingual 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat ImportantIf you want to work internationally this would help. 
Computer Technology 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Coordination / Using Hands, Tools, and Equipment 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Creative Thinking 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Interpersonal 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very ImportantYou need to be able to communicate your ideas 
Investigative / Fact Finding 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important 
leadership and Supervising 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important 
Logical Thinking 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Math 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Mechanical Understanding 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Sales and Negotiation 2-Less Important2-Less Importantcost of a product is important when selling it. 
Scientific and Experimental 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Social Service / Helping Skills 2-Less Important2-Less Important 
Teaching / Instructing 2-Less Important2-Less Important 
Verbal Communication 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Understanding Nature, Plants, Animals 2-Less Important2-Less Important 
Understanding Yourself 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important 
Writing 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Importantsome industries require lots of documentation 
 

Interview By: Christine, Mechanical Engineer