The Career Outlook Project
Career Outlook Project
Job Title and Job Description
I am a mechanical engineer working at a company that builds medical devices that tests blood. I work in a team of electrical and software engineers to build test equipment to test parts of the medical device. I brainstorm, design, research and have parts built to create fixtures capable of housing all the components needed and function correctly. My favorite part is building up the test fixtures once I get all my parts made. I also really like using the 3D modeling program to design my parts. It allows you to be creative, and I am constantly learning new things.
What are some related career opportunities and job titles in your company or in your career area?
There are opportunities in a variety of industries. I have worked in the medical field and product design field. There is also opportunities to work in defense, hvac, automotive, aerospace, and plenty of other fields. I think there will always be a demand for mechanical engineers in the medical industry.
What new technology will be important?
Being able to work on electro-mechanical parts is becoming more prominant in technology, which combines mechanical and electrical engineering to create parts.
What education or training did you have to prepare for this career?
I have a B.S. in mechanical engineering.
What education or training do you recommend for students today who want to enter this field?
At least a B.S. in mechanical engineering.
When you were in high school, did you know that you would enter this field?
No, I almost went to college undecided, then a month before it started I entered the college of engineering. I knew I liked math, and science was always fun for me, so I based my decision off of that. Once I was in the engineering classes, I decided to study mechanical engineering.
|Skills Used||Rating (5=Most Important thru|
|Artistic||depends on what industry you are in.|
|Athletic / Physical|
|Bilingual||If you want to work internationally this would help.|
|Coordination / Using Hands, Tools, and Equipment|
|Interpersonal||You need to be able to communicate your ideas|
|Investigative / Fact Finding|
|leadership and Supervising|
|Sales and Negotiation||cost of a product is important when selling it.|
|Scientific and Experimental|
|Social Service / Helping Skills|
|Teaching / Instructing|
|Understanding Nature, Plants, Animals|
|Writing||some industries require lots of documentation|
Interview By: Christine, Mechanical Engineer