Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical engineers in the energy industry design and operate fossil fuel, hydroelectric, conventional, nuclear and cogeneration power plants. They are involved in all aspects of the production and conversion of energy from one form to another. Mechanical engineers are also involved in exciting projects such as developing alternatives to thermal energy, power cycle devices, fuel cells, gas turbines and innovative uses of coal, wind and tidal flow.

Mechanical Engineer Skills:

  • Responsible for the safe and efficient operation of equipment such as internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines.
  • Investigate equipment failures and difficulties to diagnose faulty operation, and to make recommendations to maintenance crew.
  • Assist drafters in developing the structural design of products using drafting tools or computer-assisted design (CAD) or drafting equipment and software.
  • Provide feedback to design engineers on customer problems and needs.
  • Oversee the installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of machines and equipment to ensure they are installed and functioning according to specifications. 

Mechanical Engineer also need to:

  • Communicate effectively verbally and through writing.
  • Have integrity and follow the standards of the company and engineering profession.
  • Understand the importance of hard work and have a positive attitude.
  • Anticipate what needs to be done and take action.
  • Work cooperatively with others.
  • Identify and solve problems in a systematic way.

Education/Experience Needed:

An entry-level engineer needs a Bachelor of Science in Engineering or the equivalent. To view a list of available degree programs in your area, use the Google Map locator.

Median Annual Mechanical Engineer Salary: $83,060
From O*NET 1/2016