If you can’t decide among all the other fields of Engineering, maybe Mechanical Engineering is the one for you. Mechanical Engineering students dabble in all of it, as they prepare for a career where they’re responsible for the design and building of all things mechanical. That could range from air conditioners to prosthetic limbs. You can find steady employment with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, though there are also master’s and doctorate programs available.
If you find your stereo has been taken apart and put back together as a toaster, look no further than your Mechanical Engineering roommate for the culprit. Mechanical Engineers are tinkerers. They like to take things apart to figure out what makes them work, and then figure out new ways to put all those pieces back together.
Mechanical Engineering majors are creative thinkers. They can come up with new solutions for old or new problems. They’re also good at testing out those solutions and tweaking them. In fact, there’s an entire field of work for Mechanical Engineers to test products and make changes.
It’s OK if you take your roommate’s stereo apart to make a toaster and it doesn’t work the first time. But if you forget to mention that it doesn’t work and that results in your roommate burning down your place when he sticks some toast in the tape deck – well, let’s just say safety is important for Mechanical Engineers, so you may want to think twice.
Mechanical Engineering majors need to know everything involved creating things – from design to manufacturing. There’s a ton of math involved in this major – you’re not likely to go a single semester without multiple math classes, even if you took a bunch of advanced courses before college. You’ll also learn some marketing and communication skills to help you in your career.
Mechanical Engineers work designing and producing just about everything. They also can find work putting together the machines that make everything else. Ever wondered who builds robots? Mechanical Engineers. They also are part of the team that designs and makes the brakes in your car and the monitor you’re currently staring at.
While all of your class grades are going to be important, your math scores are going to be your priority. You are expected to start at advanced math levels – take as many classes as you can to get ahead before you start college.
To make it as a Mechanical Engineer, you’ll want an internship or some summer work experience. You’ll also want to get as involved as you can in any clubs or team competitions your school has available.