Careers: Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineer

This job is right for you if….

You like activities that include crafting ideas, critical thinking, and figuring things out.

Fast Facts:

Mechanical engineers have grown at a rate of 14.5%, from 289,149 people in 2018 to 331,162 people in 2019.

Basic Skills:

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work-related information


  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it

What They Do:

Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Innovation
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity

Median Hourly Earnings:

$ 45.94

Job Types Include:

  • Industrial Engineer  
  • Manufacturing Engineer

Maine Based Resources To Get Training: Adhesive Bonding Machine Operator

Entry-Level Education 


Currently, there are several vocational trade schools that have specialized classes in industrial manufacturing. 

Maine Community College System

Community Colleges offer programs that may be of interest to a prospective machinist operator or associated worker (i.e., anyone with interest in manufacturing) Programs vary from welding to equipment operation, and more. 

University of Maine- Mechanical Engineering

Maine Maritime Academy – Mechanical Engineering

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