Asiel, this is a great question. The Mechanical Engineering degree is the broadest engineering degree and it wide range of career opportunities. For me, my passion was for product development and I was fortunate to get a job in that area. I develop consumer electronics and medical devices.
However, Mechanical Engineer work in many other areas. Manufacturing environment has ME for Design and setting up the production line, design of test equipment, quality engineers, supplier quality engineers, etc. HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air conditioning) use MEs to determine the size of the air handlers, ducts, and even layout the building plumbing. There are technical sales roles where having a technical background allows you to relate to the customers. Mechanical engineers also support energy production and distribution. There opportunities are endless.
Glenn recommends the following next steps:
- Talk with your parents and guidance councilors. See if they can put you in touch with MEs that you can do a face to face informational interview
- Create a LinkedIn account and profile. Find MEs in your hometown and invite them to connect by creating a personal greeting stating that you want to learn more about their career as your decide on your path.