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					 CAREERS IN… MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
CAREERS IN… MECHANICAL ENGINEERING


WHAT CAN I DO WITH A DEGREE IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING?
Mechanical engineers focus on physical systems, researching, developing,
designing, manufacturing and testing tools, engines, machines, materials or mechanical devices. Mechanical
engineers work in many industries, including automotive, petroleum, energy generation and conversion, aerospace,
tire, chemical, electronic, machinery, transportation equipment, electrical equipment, instruments, and fabricated metal
products industries. In addition to manufacturing settings, mechanical engineers also work for government agencies
and firms that provide engineering and consulting services.

Specialties in mechanical engineering include applied mechanics, computer-aided design and manufacturing, energy
systems, control systems, pressure vessels and piping, and heating, refrigeration and air conditioning systems, and
materials. Mechanical engineers rely extensively on computers for data processing and to aid in the planning process
by simulating new designs.

The University of Akron offers two Baccalaureate Programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical
Engineering (BSME) or a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Polymer Engineering (BSMPE). Further information can
be found by visiting the website at: http://mechanical.uakron.edu/index.php.

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
• Construction                                                      •    Thermodynamics
• Mechanical Power Generation                                       •    Mechanical Design
• Robotics                                                          •    Motor Vehicles
• Petroleum Industry                                                •    Manufacturing and Production

REQUIRED SKILLS
• Analyze ideas and use logic to determine                          •    Use reasoning to discover answers to
   information's strengths and weaknesses                                problems
• Notice when something is wrong or is likely to                    •    Determine how a system should work. Study
   go wrong                                                              how changes in conditions affect outcomes.
• Use math and science skills to solve problems                     •    Analyze needs and requirements when
                                                                         designing products.
•    Determine the tools and equipment needed to                    •    Imagine how something will look if it is moved
     do a job                                                            around or its parts are rearranged.

COMPANIES THAT HIRE
• Aerospace                                                         •    Utilities
• Transportation                                                    •    Equipment Design
• Manufacturing                                                     •    Mining
• Consulting Engineering Firms                                      •    Federal, State, and Local Governments

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
• American Society of Mechanical Engineers                               www.asme.org
• National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)                      www.nspe.org

JOB AND EARINGS OUTLOOK
According to The Occupational Outlook Handbook, positions for mechanical engineering are to increase at an average
rate even though manufacturing industries, an area in which mechanical engineers are concentrated, are projected to
decline. Luckily, emerging industries, such as biomedical engineering, material science, and nanotechnology will
provide many new jobs for engineers.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, beginning salary offers in Spring 2007 averaged
$54,695 annually for bachelor’s degree recipients in mechanical engineering, and $63,259 for a master’s degree.




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Center for Career Management, The University of Akron, (330) 972-7747, www.uakron.edu/ccm                                 7.07
CAREERS IN… MECHANICAL ENGINEERING


                                                    Zippy Mascot
                                                 uaccm@uakron.edu
                                                 133 S. College Street
                                                  Akron, OH 44304
                                                    330.972.7747

Objective
Seeking a challenging electrical engineering career in the field of medical imaging and instrumentation

Education
       The University of Akron, Akron, OH
       Masters of Science, Electrical Engineering                                               Expected, May 2007
       Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering                                              May 2004
       • GPA: 3.0/4.0

Experience
May - August 2006 Teaching Assistant
Mechanical Engineering Department, The University of Akron, Akron, OH
   • Assisted the professor in grading papers and in proctoring lab experiments

September 2002 - May 2005 Service Engineer
First Machines, Cleveland, OH
    • Responsible for servicing analytical / measuring instruments
    • Performed service maintenance and calibration on various control and monitoring instruments like pressure
        switches, control valves, indication alarm meters used in power stations and automotive process industries
    • Used procedures like preliminary tests and isolation tests to troubleshoot failure in instrument operation

Related Projects
Mechanical Devices- Course Project                                                           Sept 2006 - Dec 2006
   • Studied the basics of ventilation with design requirements, bench testing and safety considerations

Mechanical Signals- Course Project                                                          Sept 2005 - Dec 2005
   • Image segmentation was achieved by histogram thresholding and edge detection
   • Iterative threshold selection technique was proposed to achieve histogram thresholding
   • Approximation methods like Sobel, Prewitt were used to achieve image segmentation by edge detection

Relevant Course Work
       Finite Element Analysis, Continuum Mechanics, Pressure Vessel Design, Applied Stress Analysis, Mechanical
       Vibrations, Vibrations of Continuous systems, Engineering Analysis, Methods of Applied Mathematics,
       Mechanics of Solids, Metallurgy & Material Science, Thermo Dynamics, Dynamics of Machines, Automobile
       Engineering, Instrumentation & Control Systems

Computer Skills
   • Packages: Matlab, Mathcad, V++, SAS, MS Office
   • Languages: C, C++
   • Operating Systems: DOS, Windows




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