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What Do Mechanical Engineers Do?

What is a Mechanical Engineer?

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. It provides the foundation for almost all other engineering majors. Mechanical engineers are people who think outside the box to develop solutions to everyday problems. Mechanical engineers design everything from athletic equipment, medical devices, theme park rides, and personal computers to engines and powerplants. Mechanical engineers contribute to our health, happiness and safety, and often change the way we think about the world.

Where do Mechanical Engineers Work?

Mechanical engineering graduates go on to work in a diverse range of industries for large multinational companies and small local firms. Mechanical engineers are well prepared to work as managers due to their broad backgrounds and creative problem-solving skills. Our graduates regularly accept positions at Fortune 500 companies, such as Ingersoll Rand, Boeing, Toshiba-Westinghouse, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil, Procter & Gamble, United Technologies Corporation, and Johnson & Johnson. Some of the industries where mechanical engineers may work are:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Bio-technology
  • Chemical
  • Computers
  • Construction
  • Consumer Products
  • Energy
  • Electronics
  • Engineering Consulting
  • Entertainment
  • Government
  • Nano-technology
  • Robotics
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With more than 60 faculty members, 330 graduate students, and 1,000 undergraduate students, the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering embraces a culture that welcomes individuals with a diversity of backgrounds and expertise. Our faculty and students are innovating today what will impact tomorrow’s solutions to meeting our energy needs, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems. We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S.) graduate degrees in mechanical engineering. See how we’re inspiring change and impacting tomorrow at me.psu.edu.

Department of Mechanical Engineering

137 Reber Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519