Mechanical Engineers :

Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $75,960.00
Average Time to Fill 49 days
Typical Education Bachelor's Degree
Typical Experience Over 4 years, up to and including 6 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 6,627
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 14.36 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Critical Thinking
Information Gathering
Numerical and Arithmetic Application
Technology and Tool Usage
Resource Allocation
Work Ethic
Written Communication
Oral Communication

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Thinking Creatively

Design mechanical or production-related tools, fixtures, or devices
Design electronic or computer equipment, systems, or instrumentation
Develop alternative energy sources or systems
Develop energy projects to reduce utility costs
Design industrial processing systems
Design power sources or equipment
Design industrial or manufacturing machinery or equipment
Design materials for industrial or commercial applications
Design manufacturing processes or methods
Design control systems
Design electro-mechanical equipment or systems
Design control systems for mechanical or other equipment
Design alternative energy systems
Develop new chemical processing techniques or formulas
Develop engineering technical methods or processes
Determine operational criteria or specifications
Determine methods of how engineering operations are carried out
Develop engineering policies, procedures, or standards
Develop safety procedures and regulations
Develop mathematical concepts, models, or simulations
Develop complex computer databases
Develop simple operational data repositories or databases
Create models of engineering designs or methods
Create physical models or prototypes
Create mathematical or statistical diagrams, charts, or tables
Write business project or bid proposals
Design construction projects
Improve test devices or techniques in manufacturing, industrial or engineering setting

Analyzing Data or Information

Analyze engineering design problems
Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality
Analyze engineering data
Evaluate product design
Analyze green technology design requirements
Evaluate technical data to determine effect on designs or plans
Analyze design or requirements information for mechanical equipment or systems
Perform statistical analysis or modeling
Identify problems using mathematical or statistical methods
Analyze test or validation data
Perform engineering research
Conduct quantitative failure analyses of operational data
Determine energy consumption of systems, structures, appliances, or devices
Analyze effectiveness of safety systems or procedures
Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products
Analyze current and historical utility costs
Determine regulatory limitations on project
Perform environmental assessment
Perform cost benefit analysis

Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information

Estimate costs of design or construction materials
Estimate time or monetary resources needed to complete projects
Prepare cost estimates
Estimate construction project costs
Bid work projects
Convert design specifications to cost estimates
Estimate engineering project costs
Estimate operational costs
Determine pump curves, size, and placement
Estimate project labor requirements
Determine equipment or tool requirements for projects
Estimate project material requirements
Estimate engineering project material requirements
Determine work priorities and requirements
Size components of solar thermal systems
Perform engineering related measurements
Determine physical or chemical properties of materials

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

Test electrical or electronic wiring or fixtures
Test operation of malfunctioning machinery
Conduct performance testing
Test piping systems or equipment for leaks under pressure
Conduct validation tests of equipment or processes
Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment
Operate vehicle engine electrical systems test equipment
Test mechanical products or equipment
Test engineering project equipment
Evaluate characteristics of equipment or systems
Inspect engineering equipment or systems
Evaluate equipment for compliance with standards
Ensure equipment is operating to prescribed standards
Inspect facilities or equipment for regulatory, hazard, or fire code compliance
Perform tests to assess compliance with standards
Perform quality assurance testing
Compute product or materials test results
Perform inspection of tools or equipment prior to use

Getting Information

Research industrial processes or operations
Study structure or properties of submicroscopic matter
Collect engineering data
Research green technology designs or applications
Research energy production, use, or conservation
Review engineering data or reports
Read computer or software documentation to solve technical problems
Interpret architectural or engineering information from blueprints or schematics
Research engineering designs or applications
Review engineering codes and specifications
Investigate environmental impact of projects and activities
Evaluate plans or specifications to determine technological or environmental implications
Obtain approval for project plans
Conduct biological research
Investigate system, equipment, or product failures
Determine factors affecting production processes
Obtain technical support instructions from scientists or engineers

Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People

Evaluate HVAC design and sizing
Evaluate tool designs
Evaluate manufacturing or processing systems
Evaluate material specifications
Calculate energy efficiency or power output of systems
Evaluate the characteristics of green technologies
Analyze technical feasibility of energy saving measures
Evaluate costs of completed projects
Judge quality of facilities or service
Evaluate new construction industry practices
Analyze project proposals or data to determine feasibility, cost, or time
Test green technologies or processes
Calculate potential for energy savings
Identify new applications for existing technologies

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Diagnose mechanical problems in machinery or equipment
Follow safety procedures and regulations in architectual or engineering environments
Implement pollution control techniques
Implement design or process improvements
Employ statistical process control procedures
Modify work procedures, processes, or plans to meet situational needs
Solve machining tool problems
Diagnose electrical or electronic systems or equipment
Diagnose engine problems using diagnostic equipment
Determine project methods and procedures
Solve engineering problems
Establish project teams
Edit documents for completeness, accuracy, or conformance to standards

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Product Design
Electrical Engineering
System Design
Six Sigma
Cost Estimation
Cost Control

Related Licensing Requirements

Professional Engineer (18-0000000009)

Requirements for professional engineer registration includes graduating from an approved engineer curriculum followed by four years of experience. Other requirements include: Certification from the state where you passed your exams or your NCEES record. 5 references, of which 3 must be from Professional Engineers. Copies of transcripts. Paying the exam fee. Please consult with the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency for addition educational or exam requirements.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers (3172343022)

Engineer Intern (18-0000000126)

864 IAC 1.1-2-4 Engineering intern; education and work experience Authority: IC 25-31-1-7; IC 25-31-1-8 Affected: IC 25-31-1-12 Sec. 4. (a) The education and experience requirements of section 2 of this rule for professional engineer applicants apply for engineering intern applicants except that individuals with: (1) a baccalaureate degree meeting the course requirements of section 2(c) of this rule shall only be required to obtain two (2) years of work experience; (2) a master of science degree in an engineering discipline following a baccalaureate that is not in an approved engineering curriculum shall only be required to obtain one (1) year of work experience; and (3) the other degrees listed in section 2(b) of this rule shall not be required to obtain any work experience. (b) An individual who is enrolled as a senior in an engineering curriculum in a college or university in Indiana that has at least one (1) approved engineering curriculum may take the last EI examination offered prior to the individual's scheduled graduation. This subsection does not apply to any individual enrolled in any other baccalaureate degree program.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers (3172343022)

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