engineering

Strategies

Think about the following industries:

  • Local, Federal Government
    • Dept of Transportation
    • US Small Business Administration
    • Consumer Product Safety Commission
    • Federal Aviation Administration
    • Occupational Safety &Health Administration
    • Federal Trade Commission
    • National Center for Standards and Certification Information
    • NASA
  • Manufacturing Companies
  • Automotive Industry
  • Plane/Helicopter Developers
  • Train/Railway Developers
  • Private Contractors
  • Private Consultants
    • Make connections with professors for research projects and potential job/internship opportunities.
    • Attend local career fairs to network and learn about opportunities that may exist.
    • Getting a Master’s degree can make you more competitive for key positions and higher salaries.
    • After gaining experience in your first job, look into earning you Professional Engineer (P.E) license.

  • Create a skills section where you can list specific skills that you may have attained (SolidWorks, ABAQUS, Matlab/Simulink, etc) as well as any knowledge of different systems (LINUX, etc). You can also list technical skills such as welding.
  • Create a section where you can list all of your related engineering projects that you did while in school, after working for a few years you can remove this section and list more recent projects under work experience.
  • List any certifications you may have

Expect questions that test your knowledge of the field:

  • What are the different types of fits? Explain.
  • What is heat treatment and why is it done?
  • What are the rules that must be kept in mind while designing castings?
  • What are the different theories of failure under static load, explain briefly?
    • Tell me about the most challenging engineering project that you have been involved with during past year.
    • Describe a time when you confronted a problem that really tested your engineering know-how.
    • What is your overall career objective? Do you see yourself working in engineering ten years from now? If not, what do you think you will be doing?
    • Tell me about your greatest success in using the principles of logic to solve an engineering problem in your last job.
    • Give me an example of a time when you applied your ability to use analytical techniques to define problems or design solutions.
    • How can you best use your engineering education and prior work experience to help our company grow?

Career Resources for Mechanical Engineering Majors:

Mechanical Engineering Degree Types:

Mechanical Engineering MS, MSME. PhD

Integrated Product Development MS

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering MS

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering MS

Career Paths:

  • Master’s Degree: 
    • Aerospace Engineer
    • Automotive Engineer
    • Consulting Engineer
    • Control and Instrumentation Engineer
    • Maintenance Engineer
    • Mechanical Engineer
    • Mechanical Design Engineer
    • Product Engineer
  • PhD:
    • Research Engineer
    • Professor
    • Director of Engineering
    • Research and Development Director

Drafters (Mechanical Design Drafters, Mechanical Drafters)

Median Salary:$51,940

Outlook: -3%

Architectural and Engineering Managers (Mechanical Engineering Directors, Mechanical Engineering Managers)

Median Salary:$130,620

Outlook: +2% (slower than average)

Mechanical Engineering Technicians

Median Salary:$53,530

Outlook: +2% (slower than average)

Mechanical Engineers

Median Salary:$83,060

Outlook:+5% (average)

Conservation Scientists and Foresters

Median Salary:$59,060

Outlook:+3% (slower than average)

Construction and Building Inspectors (Mechanical Inspectors)

Median Salary:$56,040

Outlook:+8% (average)

 

Career Resources for MS Mechanical Engineering:

Salary and job outlook information

Position 2014 Median Pay Percent Growth 2014-2024
Drafters (Mechanical Design Drafters, Mechanical Drafters) $51,940 per year -3%
Construction and Building Inspectors $56,040 per year 8%
Mechanical Engineering Technicians $53,530 per year 2%
Mechanical Engineers $83,060 per year 5%
Architectural and Engineering Managers $130,620 per year 2%


  • Tell me about the most challenging engineering project that you have been involved with during past year.
  • If going for a managerial question, be prepared to answer business related questions regarding managing philosophies and strategies.
  • Describe a time when you confronted a problem that really tested your engineering know-how.
  • What is your overall career objective? Do you see yourself working in engineering ten years from now? If not, what do you think you will be doing?
  • Tell me about your greatest success in using the principles of logic to solve an engineering problem in your last job.
  • Give me an example of a time when you applied your ability to use analytical techniques to define problems or design solutions.
  • How can you use your education and prior work experience to help our company grow?
  • Expect questions that test your knowledge of the field:

Think about the following industries:

  1. Local, Federal Government
    1. Dept. of Transportation
    2. US Small Business Administration
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission
  1. Federal Aviation Administration
  2. Occupational Safety &Health Administration
  3. Federal Trade Commission
  • National Center for Standards and Certification Information
  • NASA
  1. Manufacturing Companies
  2. Automotive Industry
  3. Plane/Helicopter Developers
  4. Train/Railway Developers
  5. Private Contractors
  6. Private Consultants
  • Make connections with professors for research projects and potential job/internship opportunities.
  • Supplement your curriculum with business courses or certifications to make yourself marketable as an engineering or project manager.
  • Attend local career fairs to network and learn about opportunities that may exist.
  • Look into earning you Professional Engineer (P.E) license

 

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