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What Can I Do With A Major In Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical engineering, one of the oldest engineering disciplines, applies the principles of physics and materials science for research, design, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems. Mechanical engineering also involves the production and manipulation of heat and mechanical power for the design, production, and operation of machines and tools. Mechanical engineers research, develop, design, manufacture, and test tools, engines, machines, and other mechanical devices. Mechanical engineers also design tools that other engineers need for their work. Because mechanical engineering is such a broad field, the career paths of mechanical engineers are largely determined by individual choices.

Graduates of a mechanical engineering program work on power-producing machines such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines, as well as power-using machines such as refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, machine tools, material handling systems, elevators and escalators, industrial production equipment, and robots used in manufacturing.

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Sample of Related Occupations

Automotive Engineer

Commissioning Engineer

Conceptual Designer

Design Engineer

Design Maintenance Engineer


Equipment Engineer

Manufacturing Manager

Mechanical Engineer

Process Engineer

Product Development Engineer

Product Researcher

Quality Assurance Engineer

Systems Engineer

For additional information on each occupation or any others you may be considering, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook, a nationally recognized source of career information, put together by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Professional Associations & Additional Career Information


American Society of Mechanical Engineers

International Federation of Robotics

National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies

National Society of Professional Engineers

Sloan Career Cornerstone Center

Society of Automotive Engineers

Society of Women Engineers

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Internships, Co-ops and Employment Opportunities

Mechanical engineering majors may find experiential opportunities or employment in a number of areas depending on your skills, abilities and experience. Career-related internships and co-op placements are a great avenue to establishing yourself as a qualified candidate for full-time, professional-level career opportunities after graduation.

The following list of employers and job titles shows opportunities where the employer was specifically looking for mechanical engineering majors. This list is meant to be a resource for further career-related investigation and DOES NOT REFLECT current openings. To look for current openings, please visit College Central Network, CCSU's online job, internship, and co-op database, on the Career Success Center website here.

Altra Industrial Motion - Process Engineering Co-op

Consolidated Industries - Continuous Improvement Process Engineer

Covidien - Engineering Co-op

Durham Manufacturing - Engineering Internship, Engineering Co-op

EDAC Technologies - Engineering Internship

Eversource - Engineering Internship

Franklin Products - Manufacturing Engineering Co-op

G.E. Engineering - Aviation Northeast Supply Chain Technical Co-op

Gems Sensors - Manufacturing Engineering Co-op

Hasbro Games - Engineering Co-op

Heise Industries - Mold Design Engineer

International Paper - Manufacturing Management Associate

Kenyon International, Inc. - Mechanical Engineer

Legrand Wiremold - Engineering/Drafting Co-op

NASA - Undergraduate Student Research Program Internship

Parker Hannifin Corporation - Manufacturing Engineering Internship

Permasteelisa North America - Mechanical Engineering Internship, Mechanica Engineer, Junior Mechanical Engineer, Draftsperson

Pratt & Whitney Aircraft - Manufacturing Engineer, Procurement Analyst Co-op, Test Systems Engineering Co-op, Manufacturing/Mechanical Engineering Co-op

Retina Systems - Entry Level Mechanical Engineer

Schuco USA - Quality Control Technician Internship

Spectrum Associates, Inc. - Quality Engineer

Standard Knapp, Inc. - Mechanical Engineer

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. - Stanley Leadership Program Operations Project Leader, Senior Project Engineer

Starbase CT - Mentoring students in the STEM fields

State of Connecticut Office of Policy Management - Transportation Internship, Energy Internship, Policy & Planning Internship

Sterling Engineering Corporation - Manufacturing/Process Engineer

Ultra Electronics Measurement Systems, Inc. - Mechanical Design Engineer

United Technologies Corporation - Engineering Co-op, Fuel Cell Test Engineer Internship

Whelen Engineering - Engineering Co-op