Career Profiles: Mechanical Engineering

CSULB Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Mechanical engineers plan and design tools, engines, machines and other mechanical equipment. They may oversee installation, operation, maintenance and repair of such equipment. They design and develop power-producing machines such as internal combustion engines, steam and gas turbines and jet and rocket engines as well as power-using machines such as refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, robots, machine tools, material handling systems and industrial production equipment. Mechanical engineers use computers extensively in Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and in many other ways such as making computer analyses of energy flows and fluid flows in a system and making computer models of physical systems of devices.

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Career Possibilities:

Additional experience and/or education may be required

  • Automotive Engineer
  • Equipment Engineer
  • Facilities Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Mechanical Design Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Plant Engineer
  • Product Engineer
  • Safety Engineer
  • Sales Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Tool Engineer
  • Utilization/Test Engineer

Where Employed:

  • Aerospace firms
  • Colleges and universities
  • Consulting firms
  • Electrical and transportation equipment
  • Government agencies
  • Machinery
  • Manufacturers of fabricated metals
  • Oil and gas companies
  • Power plants and public utilities
  • Refineries and chemical plants

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