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Where is the majority of Mechanical Engineering jobs in the US?

I plan to major in Mechanical Engineering, and I would like to know where the best place to look for jobs in this field afterwards. #engineering #mechanical-engineering

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Alex’s Answer

Hi Tyler, great choice. With mechanical Engineering you can do a lot of things from starting out as a Mechanical Engineer or to run your own small company. My first advice is to partner with your university placement department. They should have this data available. Second, pick a company that inspires you and then figure out how to get a job there. Good luck in your future pursuits.
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Glenn’s Answer

Tyler, Mechanical Engineering is a very broad degree and you have a lot of choices on how to apply it in a work environment. If you work in HVAC, the jobs mostly follow the construction industry. If you support the manufacturing area, most of the jobs are where the factories are. If you are in product development, there are area of the country that are stronger in some product categories than others, like consumer electronics verse medical devices. Larger cities tend to have more jobs that rural areas.

When you graduate, first look at your college out placement department for help. Then you can search on line for any local that you may want to consider. I think you will find that there will be a lot of opportunity.
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Simon’s Answer

I’m a retired mechanical engineer and I worked in the industrial chemical industry all my professional career. I worked in plants to improve existing processes and build new facilities for an international company. The nice thing about mechanical engineering is there are opportunities all over the country from the mining industry in the mountains to the manufacturing industries on big cities. I’ve found the engineers tend to return home, so after schools see what is in your area. I, on the other hand, wanted to live in the south, so I worked in places like Charleston, SC and outside Atlanta GA after finding Michigan, Illinois and Ohio a little cold for me. International companies have lots of sites and you may find that travel is in your blood. Bottom line is, there are mechanical engineering jobs all over the country. More closer to big cities and in industrial areas, but still many in smaller communities. I retired to a small lake community in Georgia and have a vessel manufacturer, a power company, a major chemical company, and a plywood panel manufacturer, plus several smaller fabrication companies all within 30 minutes of the house. Opportunities abound for good mechanical engineers. Good luck in you career.




Simon recommends the following next steps:

Determine where you want to live
Check local companies using the internet or newspapers.
Look at local workforce make up and employment numbers.
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