Career Research Report Occupation: Mechanical Engineer The Job: According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2004-05 Edition, mechanical engineers mostly do research, develop, design, manufacture, and test tools, engines, machines and other mechanical devices. These engineers can create things from a microwave to even a car engine. Mechanical engineers also design tools that other engineers in other fields may use. To do this, they use computer software such as Computer-Aided Design (CAD), which is for the designing stage of a product, and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) which is for the producing stage of a product. Mechanical engineers work in different industries such as energy systems, applied mechanics, automotive design, manufacturing, materials, plant engineering and maintenance, etc...

Formal Education: A bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering is a minimum requirement. Master's Degree and PH. D are optional, but salaries will vary depending on education. Mechanical engineers need a lot of physics and math in their education in order to solve real life problems in their careers. Skills: Hard Skills: -Apply fundamentals laws of physics-Application of mathematic tools to the economical solution of real world problems. Soft Skills: -Strategic Planning-Project Management Salary: Average annual earnings in 2002 were $62, 880.

The lowest 10% earned less than $41, 490 and the top 10% earned $93, 430. Mechanical engineers working for the Federal Government averaged $72, 500. On the other hand, Architectural, engineering and related services averaged $65, 610, followed by Navigational, measuring, electro medical, and control instruments manufacturing with $65, 430 and Aerospace products and parts manufacturing with $65, 160. Finally, other types of mechanical engineers in machinery manufacturing earned an average of $55, 850.

Job Outlook: Established by the OOH, employment for mechanical engineers is projected to increase more slowly than the average. This means it will increase some 3 to 9 percent through 2012. Works Cited and Works Consulted web.