Mechanical Engineering
By Christopher McGuire

  • What type work/job overview?

Mechanical engineering is one of the largest, broadest, and oldest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers use the principles of energy, materials, and mechanics to design and manufacture machines and devices of all types. They create the processes and systems that drive technology and industry.

  • work envronment

Mechanical engineering technicians assist with manufacturing processes in factories, or with development phases in research and development labs before manufacturing takes place.

  • What is the current salary?

The median annual wage for mechanical engineering technicians was $51,980 in May 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half of the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $33,370, and the top 10 percent earned more than $76,660.. Most mechanical engineers work full time.

- Jose Ibanez

Senior Mechanical Engineer United Defense / FMC Corporation San Jose, CA

BS, Mechanical Engineering, San Jose State University

AS, Engineering, Foothill Community College

Senior Mechanical Engineer, working in a product realization group that includes structural design, stress analysis, materials, armor systems, and prototype development of military vehicles.

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