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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers design, develop and produce many of the tools required by other engineers. Demand for Mechanical Engineers is expanding to keep pace with new technology.

Representative Job Titles and Areas of Specialization

Manufacturing/Production Engineer * Material And Structure Specialist *
Energy Resource Specialist Environmental/Transportation Engineer *
Maintenance Engineer Power Engineer *
Automotive Engineer Reliability/Testing Engineer *
City Planner * Professor/Teacher *
* See Training section

Nature of the Work

There are more than 24 subdivisions of Mechanical Engineering ranging from air pollution control to underwater technology. Mechanical engineers address energy-related issued like how to convert natural resources into energy. They also design and manufacture new and useful products.

Places of Employment

Universities and colleges Transportation industry
Large industries: Machine tool design industry
Automotive Pharmaceutical companies
Industrial machinery Federal agencies
Utilities State agencies
Chemical Consulting firms
Computer Food industry
Manufacturing Cosmetics industry
Mining Publishing/printing companies
  Oceanographic industry
  Textile industry


A bachelor's degree qualifies you for many of the careers listed above depending on the type of courses you completed and experience you gained as an undergrad.

Typically, you would need an advanced degree for careers marked by an asterisk.

If you want to teach and conduct research at a university, you will need a Ph.D.

For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951) 827-3631.

Supplemental Material

The following documents may provide further ideas for exploration.

More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
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Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Career Center
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Tel: (951) 827-3631
Fax: (951) 827-2447
Student Questions: careercounseling@ucr.edu
Employer Questions: careerrecruiting@ucr.edu