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What does it take to become a mechanical engineer? What do they do? Is it difficult job?

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Steven’s Answer

Being a Mechanical Engineer is a very re-warding career. Do you like math, physics? Generally those are the 2 stumbling blocks for those who want to become an Mechanical Engineer.
Mechanical Engineers can work in a number of fields from Oil Rig design to Computer modelling to Manufacturing equipment design.
It is also a great degree to advance into R&D leadership positions.
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John’s Answer

The job that you can have as a mechanical engineer can vary widely. It depends on your specialty, what business you are in and your level of skill. You could be designing shipping crates or micro-mechanical mechanisms, you could specialize in finite element analysis or perform structural tests to government specifications. It is not a simple question to answer.
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sunitha’s Answer

Mechanical Engineering has many areas. These are some of the potential employment opportunity areas.
It depends on your interest. Aerospace is picking up these days with Space X, this is exciting company to work for. Car companies like Tesla also hires Mechanical engineers. It is great degree to pursue

Aerospace engineer
Automotive engineer
Biomedical engineer
Construction engineer
Entrepreneur
Manufacturing engineer
Management consultant
Mechanical engineer
Production engineer
Project lead
Project manager
Process engineer
Product designer
Quality engineer
Structural engineer
Technology specialist
Thermal engineer
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Luke’s Answer

Former civil engineer here - so I wasn't a mech E but I've studied and worked with mechanical engineers. Answers to your questions below:

What does it take to become a mechanical engineer?
In the traditional sense, you need a 4-year college degree. If you want to be licensed, requirements vary by state. But in general you have to pass an intern level exam demonstrating you are familiar with mechanical engineering principles and problem solving - think of it as a comprehensive exam on your college studies. Then after a few years of experience, you have to pass a professional level exam demonstrating your capacity to understand mechanical engineering. Otherwise, plenty of people are employed as mechanical engineers without being licensed.

What do they do?
Among the different engineering disciplines, mechanical engineering might be the most applicable in the most domains. That being said and just to give you an example, my room mate in college got his mech. E degree and worked at Flyer (the company that makes those red wagons for children).

Is it a difficult job?
Depends on the person I guess. If you earn a mechanical engineering degree and didn't struggle too much you'll be fine as a professional.
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