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Engineering Careers | Mechanical Engineer (General)

Mechanical Engineer (General)

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Researches, designs, develops, constructs, and tests mechanical devices including machines, engines and tools. Works on devices ranging from power generators to household dishwashers to surgical equipment. May specialize in a particular type of machine or tool. May develop new devices or improve existing ones to run more efficiently.

Job Outlook

There were 853 Mechanical Engineer (General) job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 26443 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Mechanical Engineer industry, which includes the Mechanical Engineer (General) career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Mechanical Engineer (General) jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $77,599.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $70,200.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Mechanical Engineer (General) postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $63,127.

Education and Experience

Posted Mechanical Engineer (General) jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree70%
Master's Degree27%
Doctoral Degree2%
Other1%

Posted Mechanical Engineer (General) jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years28%
3 to 5 years44%
6 to 8 years15%
9+ years13%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Mechanical Engineer (General) positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (35%)
  • Problem Solving (21%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (19%)
  • Research (17%)
  • Microsoft Office (16%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Mechanical Engineering (55%)
  • SolidWorks (11%)
  • Engineering Design and Installation (8%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Project Management (18%)
  • Budgeting (13%)
  • Scheduling (12%)
  • Repair (11%)
  • AutoCAD (9%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Finite Element Analysis (7%)
  • Professional Engineer (6%)
  • Computer Aided Drafting/Design (CAD) (6%)
  • Hydraulics (4%)
  • Thermodynamics (4%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Mechanical Engineer (General) skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Senior Mechanical Engineer
  • Process Expert II
  • Mechanical Engineer II
  • General Engineer

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Mechanical Engineer (General) jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Apple Inc. (593)
  • Anthem Blue Cross (530)
  • Northrop Grumman (360)
  • Raytheon (351)
  • Black & Veatch (217)

North Carolina

  • Volvo (24)
  • Advance Auto Parts Incorporated (12)
  • Bsh Home Appliances Corporation (12)
  • Anthem Blue Cross (11)
  • Raytheon (10)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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