Mechanical Engineering Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Mechanical Engineering, being the broadest engineering discipline, prepares graduates for a wide range of career opportunities. Employment is available in:

  • Design
  • Research and development
  • Testing and manufacturing in private businesses
  • Consulting firms
  • Government agencies
  • Educational institutions

Mechanical Engineering graduates obtain a working knowledge of core engineering disciplines including mechanics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, thermal science, and materials science. Mechanical Engineering at Oregon Institute of Technology is a hands-on applied engineering program. In addition to an excellent engineering education, graduates obtain practical skills to succeed in their chosen career path. Emphasis is given to computer aided design and analysis, communication, teamwork and hands-on laboratories.

  • According to the U.S. Department of Labor, median annual earnings of mechanical engineers were $66,320 in 2004.
  • According to a 2004 salary survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, bachelors degree candidates in mechanical engineering received starting offers averaging $50,236.

Graduate Success Rate

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The statistics and figures listed in the Graduate Success publication are based upon the Career Survey administered by Oregon Tech's Career Services Office for the graduating class of 2012-13. The success rate is calculated as the percentage of survey respondents who are employed, continuing education, or inactive within six months after graduation. Those who are inactive are not seeking employment for a variety of reasons. Average graduate salaries encompass all alumni within a given discipline. These results are from a survey conducted between Dec. 20, 2013 and Jan 14, 2014.