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What do you need for Mechanical engineering ?

What would you need to get a job in mechanical engineering like do you need to go to collage or a degree in mechanical engineering

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Hadi’s Answer

First of all, you should know the basic knowledge about this field. Mathematics, Physics, statics, dynamics, vibration and some other subjects which are taught in a step by step process in a university or college. Believe me being a good mechanical engineer in not depend on the degree you will receive from a college but as I understood in this country having a degree in your field will help you to convince the entrepreneurs to trust you and accept you as an employee when you don't have any experience. On the other hand, colleges and universities makes the process of learning more regular and more organized. So, I recommend you to attend to a college or university but I strongly!!! recommend you do not wait for your degree to start working. If I go back in the time I will start working even as a simple worker or an machine operator in a factory or manufacturing shop. These experiences help you to know why are you studying those courses I mentioned.
I wish you the best in your path through being a good engineer.
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Joshua’s Answer

Well there are two options.

1. Engineer By Degree: Most common path, a 4 year university.

2. Engineer through experience. Not as common, work under a licensed engineer for 8 years and pass Fundamentals of Engineering Exam and Professional Engineer Exam. The rules vary by state. This is uncommon because it requires an extremely motivated individual to study and learn physics and calculus which will form the base of the engineering real solutions.


There is a ton of information that I didn't not cover but I hope this helps.

I personally am both a engineer by degree and an engineer by license.
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David C’s Answer

The conventional route is through college. Graduating from college with some degree in Mechanical Engineering is a feat in it self, however to become a Mechanical Engineer that has the practical skills level to be an effective engineer is something simply not taught at college. Any college course book will tell you what you need to pass and graduate. The real unknown is when you enter the marketplace. Rare is the graduate that has a good understanding of basic machining principles, how to use CAD to your benefit, how to interact with your peers or those in your enviroment. Today, many researchers and academics are realizing that many of these practical skills are just not being taught.

I am currently working on a program to address just that.

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Rick’s Answer

Hi Brian,

To obtain a job as a Mechanical Engineer you would need to get a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Mechanical Engineering. Because all engineering degrees require an extensive amount of mathematics starting with calculus and advancing up to higher levels of mathematics, it would be a great if take as many mathematics classes as possible to prepare for college such as algebra, trigonometry, geometry, and even calculus if it is offered at your school. It would also be great to take science courses such as chemistry and physics. Another college prep course would be a mechanical drawing, industrial arts, or computer aided design (CAD) drawing class.

Once you have started attending college majoring in Mechanical Engineering, try to get as much work experience as possible by completing summer internships or participating in a co-op program (this is where you work at a company for a semester or quarter and attend school for the next semester or quarter) with companies and corporations. Your college recruitment/placement office will have information on how to sign-up for these opportunities.

Best of luck!
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Muhammad’s Answer

Having a degree will certainly improve your chances, unless you can display your engineering aptitude through personal projects, Mechanical Design roles require understanding and usage of cad softwares, finite element analysis, gd&t. I’ve never worked on manufacturing side so I don’t know what you’ll need there. One of the biggest pieces of advice I’ll give you would be familiarize yourself with industry standards for the industry you wanna go into
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