Mechanical engineers utilize scientific and mathematic principles to devise technical solutions for problems in construction, engine design, and manufacturing. Mechanical engineers typically do the following:- Analyze problems to see how a mechanical device might help solve the problem- Design or redesign mechanical devices, creating blueprints so the device can be built- Develop a prototype of the device and test the prototype- Analyze the test results and change the design as needed- Oversee the manufacturing process
Mechanical engineers are the second largest engineering occupation. They work mostly in engineering services, research and development, manufacturing industries, and the federal government. The rest are employed in general-purpose machinery manufacturing, automotive parts manufacturing, management of other companies, and testing laboratories. Mechanical engineers generally work in professional office settings. They may occasionally visit work sites where a problem or piece of equipment needs their personal attention. Most mechanical engineers work full time, with some working as many as 60 hours or more per week.
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