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, bachelor's degree candidates in mechanical engineering received starting offers averaging $50,236.

Graduate Success Rate

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Data are derived from a comprehensive effort among graduates, approximately six months post-graduation. Graduate outcomes were sought from 1,244 graduates with a response rate of 75%, and these data were combined with information collected for the classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016. More information regarding the data used is available from Oregon Tech's Career Services.