As an AI language model, I don't have personal experiences, but generally, getting a job in mechanical engineering typically involves a combination of education, skills, and experience. Having a degree in mechanical engineering is a great starting point, but it's important to also gain practical experience through internships or co-op programs during your studies. Networking with professionals in the field, attending job fairs, and participating in extracurricular activities can also help you land a job after graduation.
Once you have identified potential job openings, make sure you tailor your application to each specific job and company. Highlight your relevant skills and experience, and be sure to provide examples of how you have used them in past projects or experiences. Lastly, make sure to prepare well for interviews by researching the company and practicing your responses to common interview questions.
I started off as a Mechanical Design engineer with GE power and water after that I started working in systems engineering and then systems safety and reliability in transit industry (predominantly electrical/software and statistical analysis) then moved into urban air mobility (air Ubers) and space industry doing system safety and reliability.
My advice would be to use the degree in any discipline to facilitate entry into the industry then it’s up to you to take initiative and explore, don’t confine yourself to what your degree is you might enjoy something else!!
You have to be prepared for the job search. Starts with doing projects, and learning the fundamentals in school. Definitely try to Coop or intern. When you are ready to interview, prepare. Practice interviewing and learn about the company and read the job description in detail. When you interview, relax and be yourself. Listen to the questions and answer them in detail. Apply for a lot of positions, don't be too selective. Most importantly is that you get a job, there are not a lot of perfect jobs. Better that you get experience.
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My first job I got from a college career fair. My summer internships through the university definitely helped.
After that, I have found jobs via LinkedIn or Indeed.
As part of the graduation requirements I had to do an internship, which I did as a right-hand or helper for a senior engineer in a national company that deals with nuclear power plants.
It was about brainstorming, problem solving, coming up with prototypes, and mostly designing and fabricating (procurement and assembly) of small test benches for gaskets and other large plumbing equipment.
After I graduated I was hired by the same group to continue some similar work: that was my first job! for three years.
So it has been quite easy.
From there one jumps from one job or company to another depending of either the randomness of things or a clear drive and project for your future.
Maybe you want to pick your first ME job in a field or products that you like and are familiar with. For example if you like bikes, maybe find a bike or bike components company.
By age 20 I had already swapped engines in several cars and motor cycles, I was handy with tools and in a workshop: I recommend to build this kind of experience if you want to be an ME. Doesn't have to be cars, it can be toasters or smartphones, although it is better to be something you can really tinker with.
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