Mechanical Engineer Qualifications
The minimum qualification for mechanical engineers is a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering or general engineering with an emphasis in mechanical engineering. Your coursework give you a broad background in mathematics, physics, analytical writing, mechanics, and engineering, with additional coursework in computer technologies and drafting. Management positions may require a masters degree, with courses focusing more on the theory of mechanics and engineering. Many practicing engineers periodically complete continuing education courses to stay informed of new technologies and engineering practices.
Mechanical engineers must have a high aptitude for math and science, strong analytical skills, and an inquisitive mind. Mechanical engineers should enjoy figuring out how things work, solving complex problems, and working with technology. Successful engineers have good reading comprehension and the ability to interpret complex data. You'll often be working in a team environment and collaborating with other engineers, so strong written and verbal communication skills are important. Good organizational skills are also beneficial in keeping projects on track.
Many degree programs include opportunities for internships and industry experience. Experience while still in school can greatly prepare you with the qualifications you'll need when you enter the job market and can sometimes lead directly to a job offer. If you're going to offer your services to the public sector, you will need to become a licensed mechanical engineer. This is usually not necessary if you will be working for a company. Licensing requirements vary depending on your state, but you'll typically need at least four years of professional engineering experience after completing your degree before qualifying for licensure.
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