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
Design Maintenance Engineer
Product Development Engineer
Quality Assurance 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
Junior Engineering Technical Society
National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies
National Society of Professional Engineers
Sloan Career Cornerstone Center
Society of Automotive Engineers
Society of Women Engineers
Try Engineering.org: Discover the Creative Engineer in You
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 opportunitites 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 Central Connections, CCSU's online job, internship, and co-op database, on the CACE 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
Franklin Products - Manufacturing Engineering Co-op
G.E. Engineering - Aviation Northeast Supply Chain Technical Co-op
Gems Sensors - Manufacturing Engineering Co-op
Hamilton Sundstrand - Decision Support Analyst Internship, Quality Engineering & Training Co-op, Procurement Analyst Internship
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
Northeast Utilities - Engineering 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
Sikorsky Aircraft - Component Integration Co-op, Engineering Co-op
Spectrum Associates, Inc. - Quality Engineer
SPX Precision Components - Engineering Internship
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
Turbo Care Inc. - Process Engineer
Ultra Electronics Measurement Systems, Inc. - Mechanical Design Engineer
United Technologies Corporation - Engineering Co-op, Fuel Cell Test Engineer Internship
URI/NUWC Student Service Program - Student Technical Assistant
Whelen Engineering - Engineering Co-op