The Office of Career Services
Library Building, Room 429 & 430
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: (718) 631-6297
|Overview:||Mechanical engineers plan and design tools, engines, machines and other mechanical products including power producing machines such as auto engines, steam turbines and rocket engines. They work as part of a team consisting of marketing, manufacturing and product service specialists.|
|Duties:||They confer with marketing specialists to identify the performance characteristics of a mechanical product, the price range desired & consumer preferences regarding appearance and size.
Work with computer-aided design systems to arrive at a design plan and specifications for the product. Confer with marketing people for approval of operating characteristics and price.
They build prototypes of the proposed product. Conduct tests and experiments to assess the strength of materials to be used and reliability of working parts.
They conduct human factors engineering tests to assure human operators can conveniently use the product's displays and controls and work with manufacturing engineers to design production plans.
|Degree(s):||A.S. Engineering Science
|Job Outlook:||Employment of mechanical engineers is expected to grow slower than the average through 2018. Mechanical engineers are involved in the production of a wide range of products, and continued efforts to improve those products will create continued demand for their services. In addition, some new job opportunities will be created through the effects of emerging technologies in biotechnology, materials science, and nanotechnology.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$46,000 to $51,000|
|Education Level:||Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.|
|Additional Training/Education:||A bachelor's degree from an accredited engineering program is the typical requirement for entry positions. Some employers require a master's degree. All 50 states require registration for engineering positions that may affect life, health or property of the public. Registration generally requires a bachelor's degree, four years of working experience and passing a state examination.|
* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information please click here.
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.