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 (2021-2031) 5,034
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2021-2031) 10.67 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

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

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Thinking Creatively

Design mechanical or production-related tools, fixtures, or devices
Design electronic or computer equipment, systems, or instrumentation
Develop energy projects to reduce utility costs
Develop alternative energy sources or systems
Design materials for industrial or commercial applications
Design industrial or manufacturing machinery or equipment
Design power sources or equipment
Design industrial processing systems
Design manufacturing processes or methods
Design control systems for mechanical or other equipment
Design electro-mechanical equipment or systems
Design control systems
Design alternative energy systems
Develop engineering technical methods or processes
Develop new chemical processing techniques or formulas
Develop engineering policies, procedures, or standards
Determine methods of how engineering operations are carried out
Determine operational criteria or specifications
Develop mathematical concepts, models, or simulations
Develop safety procedures and regulations
Create physical models or prototypes
Create models of engineering designs or methods
Develop simple operational data repositories or databases
Develop complex computer databases
Improve test devices or techniques in manufacturing, industrial or engineering setting
Design construction projects
Write business project or bid proposals
Create mathematical or statistical diagrams, charts, or tables

Analyzing Data or Information

Analyze design or requirements information for mechanical equipment or systems
Evaluate technical data to determine effect on designs or plans
Analyze green technology design requirements
Evaluate product design
Analyze engineering data
Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality
Analyze engineering design problems
Perform engineering research
Analyze test or validation data
Identify problems using mathematical or statistical methods
Perform statistical analysis or modeling
Conduct quantitative failure analyses of operational data
Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products
Analyze effectiveness of safety systems or procedures
Determine energy consumption of systems, structures, appliances, or devices
Perform cost benefit analysis
Perform environmental assessment
Determine regulatory limitations on project
Analyze current and historical utility costs

Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information

Estimate costs of design or construction materials
Estimate operational costs
Estimate engineering project costs
Convert design specifications to cost estimates
Bid work projects
Estimate construction project costs
Prepare cost estimates
Estimate time or monetary resources needed to complete projects
Determine pump curves, size, and placement
Determine work priorities and requirements
Estimate engineering project material requirements
Estimate project material requirements
Determine equipment or tool requirements for projects
Estimate project labor requirements
Determine physical or chemical properties of materials
Perform engineering related measurements
Size components of solar thermal systems

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

Test mechanical products or equipment
Operate vehicle engine electrical systems test equipment
Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment
Conduct validation tests of equipment or processes
Test piping systems or equipment for leaks under pressure
Conduct performance testing
Test operation of malfunctioning machinery
Test electrical or electronic wiring or fixtures
Test engineering project equipment
Ensure equipment is operating to prescribed standards
Evaluate equipment for compliance with standards
Inspect engineering equipment or systems
Evaluate characteristics of equipment or systems
Perform tests to assess compliance with standards
Inspect facilities or equipment for regulatory, hazard, or fire code compliance
Compute product or materials test results
Perform quality assurance testing
Perform inspection of tools or equipment prior to use

Getting Information

Review engineering codes and specifications
Research engineering designs or applications
Interpret architectural or engineering information from blueprints or schematics
Read computer or software documentation to solve technical problems
Review engineering data or reports
Research energy production, use, or conservation
Research green technology designs or applications
Collect engineering data
Study structure or properties of submicroscopic matter
Research industrial processes or operations
Evaluate plans or specifications to determine technological or environmental implications
Investigate environmental impact of projects and activities
Obtain technical support instructions from scientists or engineers
Determine factors affecting production processes
Investigate system, equipment, or product failures
Conduct biological research
Obtain approval for project plans

Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People

Evaluate tool designs
Evaluate HVAC design and sizing
Evaluate manufacturing or processing systems
Evaluate the characteristics of green technologies
Calculate energy efficiency or power output of systems
Evaluate material specifications
Analyze technical feasibility of energy saving measures
Evaluate new construction industry practices
Judge quality of facilities or service
Evaluate costs of completed projects
Analyze project proposals or data to determine feasibility, cost, or time
Calculate potential for energy savings
Test green technologies or processes
Identify new applications for existing technologies

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Diagnose mechanical problems in machinery or equipment
Employ statistical process control procedures
Implement design or process improvements
Implement pollution control techniques
Follow safety procedures and regulations in architectual or engineering environments
Solve machining tool problems
Modify work procedures, processes, or plans to meet situational needs
Diagnose engine problems using diagnostic equipment
Diagnose electrical or electronic systems or equipment
Determine project methods and procedures
Solve engineering problems
Establish project teams
Edit documents for completeness, accuracy, or conformance to standards

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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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