Mechanical Engineers:

Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.

Also includes

Fuel Cell Engineers , Automotive Engineers

About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $75,960.00
Average Time to Fill 49 days
Typical Education Bachelor's degree
Typical Experience Over 4 years, up to and including 6 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 6,627
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 14.36 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Critical Thinking
Information Gathering
Work Ethic
Written Communication
Numerical and Arithmetic Application
Technology and Tool Usage
Oral Communication
Resource Allocation

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Thinking Creatively

Determine methods of how engineering operations are carried out
Develop engineering policies, procedures, or standards
Design electro-mechanical equipment or systems
Determine operational criteria or specifications
Design industrial or manufacturing machinery or equipment
Develop engineering technical methods or processes
Design control systems for mechanical or other equipment
Design control systems
Design mechanical or production-related tools, fixtures, or devices
Improve test devices or techniques in manufacturing, industrial or engineering setting
Create models of engineering designs or methods
Design materials for industrial or commercial applications
Design industrial processing systems
Design power sources or equipment
Create physical models or prototypes
Develop management control systems
Develop alternative energy sources or systems
Maintain quality assurance procedures
Develop energy projects to reduce utility costs
Design manufacturing processes or methods
Design alternative energy systems
Develop safety procedures and regulations
Develop operational methods or processes
Design energy production or management equipment or systems
Design environmental control systems
Write business project or bid proposals
Design electronic or computer equipment, systems, or instrumentation
Coordinate development of refining processes
Design construction projects
Design systems to reduce harmful emissions
Develop proposals for current or prospective customers
Create mathematical or statistical diagrams, charts, or tables

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

Test engineering project equipment
Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment
Test mechanical products or equipment
Conduct validation tests of equipment or processes
Test operation of malfunctioning machinery
Inspect engineering equipment or systems
Conduct performance testing
Test electrical or electronic wiring or fixtures
Test electrical or electronic systems or equipment
Perform tests to assess compliance with standards
Evaluate equipment for compliance with standards
Compute product or materials test results
Evaluate characteristics of equipment or systems
Operate vehicle engine electrical systems test equipment
Ensure equipment is operating to prescribed standards
Perform engineering related safety inspection
Test materials to verify safety standards
Conduct energy audits
Analyze energy usage data
Perform quality assurance testing
Test piping systems or equipment for leaks under pressure
Inspect facilities or equipment for regulatory, hazard, or fire code compliance
Analyze technical feasibility of energy saving measures
Test green technologies or processes
Perform industrial, production, or manufacturing related safety inspection
Inspect industrial, production, or manufacturing machinery and equipment
Inspect production equipment
Calculate potential for energy savings
Perform inspection of tools or equipment prior to use
Inspect facilities or sites to determine if they meet engineering specifications or standards
Test manufactured products
Test products for functionality or quality
Locate equipment or materials in need of repair or replacement

Analyzing Data or Information

Analyze engineering data
Analyze engineering design problems
Analyze design or requirements information for mechanical equipment or systems
Evaluate product design
Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality
Evaluate technical data to determine effect on designs or plans
Analyze green technology design requirements
Perform statistical analysis or modeling
Analyze test or validation data
Perform engineering research
Identify problems using mathematical or statistical methods
Interpret design or operational test results
Perform cost benefit analysis
Analyze technical problems
Determine energy consumption of systems, structures, appliances, or devices
Analyze effectiveness of safety systems or procedures
Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products
Conduct quantitative failure analyses of operational data
Perform sales or marketing research
Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products

Getting Information

Review engineering data or reports
Research engineering designs or applications
Interpret architectural or engineering information from blueprints or schematics
Review engineering codes and specifications
Explain engineering drawings, specifications, or other technical information
Research engineering applications of emerging technologies
Collect engineering data
Research energy production, use, or conservation
Research green technology designs or applications
Research industrial processes or operations
Read computer or software documentation to solve technical problems
Read detailed electronic design specifications
Read engineering related operating, service, or repair manuals
Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements
Review construction, extraction, or mining related work orders
Interpret sales related information from diagrams, schematics, or technical drawings
Investigate environmental impact of projects and activities
Conduct wind tunnel experiments
Obtain technical support instructions from scientists or engineers
Investigate system, equipment, or product failures
Read operating, service, or repair manuals associated with the maintenance of electrical or mechanical equipment
Conduct field research
Interpret industrial, production, or manufacturing information from schematics or technical drawings
Read manufacturing specifications for electronic products
Review industrial, production, or manufacturing codes and specifications
Evaluate plans or specifications to determine technological or environmental implications
Determine factors affecting production processes

Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information

Estimate engineering project costs
Estimate time or monetary resources needed to complete projects
Estimate operational costs
Convert design specifications to cost estimates
Determine equipment or tool requirements for projects
Estimate technical or resource requirements for development or production projects
Bid work projects
Estimate costs of design or construction materials
Perform engineering related measurements
Estimate engineering project material requirements
Estimate project material requirements
Prepare cost estimates
Estimate project labor requirements
Estimate industrial, production, or manufacturing related project costs
Measure physical or chemical properties of materials or objects
Determine work priorities and requirements
Estimate demand for products or services
Estimate business operations related project costs
Verify levelness, verticality, or alignment of structures, equipment, or materials
Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes
Size components of solar thermal systems
Determine pump curves, size, and placement
Calculate grades and elevations
Measure work site or construction dimensions

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Implement design or process improvements
Solve engineering problems
Follow safety procedures and regulations in architectural or engineering environments
Employ statistical process control procedures
Determine project methods and procedures
Modify work procedures, processes, or plans to meet situational needs
Edit documents for completeness, accuracy, or conformance to standards
Implement pollution control techniques
Diagnose mechanical problems in machinery or equipment
Approve product design or changes
Implement air quality control measures
Resolve operational performance problems
Determine causes of mechanical or production problems
Confer with others to resolve production problems or equipment malfunctions
Diagnose engine problems using diagnostic equipment
Diagnose electrical or electronic systems or equipment
Solve production problems
Respond to in-flight data
Employ aircraft safety regulations
Establish project teams
Edit written materials or content

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others

Advise others on engineering issues
Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance
Recommend improvements to work methods, procedures, or products
Recommend solutions to engineering problems
Advise industrial or manufacturing personnel
Provide technical guidance to other personnel
Advise customers on the use of products or services
Recommend measures to ensure maximum employee protection
Confer with potential and existing customers about energy efficiency improvements
Recommend alterations in construction or specifications

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Product Design
Electrical Engineering
System Design
Six Sigma
Cost Estimation
Cost Control

Related Licensing Requirements

Engineer Intern (18-0000000126)

864 IAC 1.1-2-4 Engineering intern; education and work experience Authority: IC 25-31-1-7; IC 25-31-1-8 Affected: IC 25-31-1-12 Sec. 4. (a) The education and experience requirements of section 2 of this rule for professional engineer applicants apply for engineering intern applicants except that individuals with: (1) a baccalaureate degree meeting the course requirements of section 2(c) of this rule shall only be required to obtain two (2) years of work experience; (2) a master of science degree in an engineering discipline following a baccalaureate that is not in an approved engineering curriculum shall only be required to obtain one (1) year of work experience; and (3) the other degrees listed in section 2(b) of this rule shall not be required to obtain any work experience. (b) An individual who is enrolled as a senior in an engineering curriculum in a college or university in Indiana that has at least one (1) approved engineering curriculum may take the last EI examination offered prior to the individual's scheduled graduation. This subsection does not apply to any individual enrolled in any other baccalaureate degree program.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers (3172343022)

Professional Engineer (18-0000000009)

Requirements for professional engineer registration includes graduating from an approved engineer curriculum followed by four years of experience. Other requirements include: Certification from the state where you passed your exams or your NCEES record. 5 references, of which 3 must be from Professional Engineers. Copies of transcripts. Paying the exam fee. Please consult with the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency for addition educational or exam requirements.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers (3172343022)

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