• Mechanical Engineers
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 81,750
    $54,480 range bar $129,600
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Fast Growing
  • Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal devices such as tools, engines, machines, and heating systems. They may also oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment like gas, water, and steam systems.

What do they typically do

  • Oversee the manufacturing process for devices
  • Analyze problems to see how mechanical and thermal devices might help solve them
  • Read and interpret blueprints, technical drawings, schematics, or computer-generated reports
  • Analyze the test results and change the design as needed
  • Investigate equipment problems to diagnose faulty operations and to make recommendations to maintenance crew
  • Develop and test prototypes of devices they design
  • Collaborate with engineers or others about operating procedures, fixing a system, or providing technical information
  • Design or redesign mechanical and thermal devices using analysis and computer-aided design

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth +0.8%
Job Opening 651

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Education & Training

  • Education

    Most require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
    Associated Programs or Majors
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