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Mechanical engineers should have a strong science and mathematics background and must receive a bachelor's degree from an accredited engineering program. All 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia require licensing for engineers offering services directly to the public. The first part of the licensing exam, Fundamentals of Engineering (FE), can be taken upon graduation from a bachelor's program, while the subsequent Principles of Practice and Engineering (PE) can only be completed after four years of mechanical engineering experience.
In addition to having a bachelor's degree and being mechanically inclined, mechanical engineers should be proficient at oral and written communication, creative, inquisitive, analytical, and detail-oriented. Mechanical engineers may become technical specialists, supervise a team of engineers and technicians, or become engineering managers with appropriate training and experience.
Slower than average employment growth is expected in the field of mechanical engineering, but new opportunities will be created through the advances of biotechnology, materials science, and nanotechnology. Additionally, a mechanical engineering degree can often be applied to other engineering specialties. Visit the American Society of Mechanical Engineers website for more information on training and career opportunities for mechanical engineers.
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