What Can You Do with a Mechanical Engineering Technology Degree?

Radek, what jobs can you get with a Mechanical Engineering Technology Degree? I’m wondering, what can I do with a Mechanical Engineering Technology Degree?

Most students who earn a degree in mechanical engineering technology find positions as mechanical engineering technicians! They may be working alongside engineers, helping them design, develop, test, improve, and repair machinery, tools, and equipment. They may also work independently on many of these same tasks.

Many of these graduates go to work for the government. In 2007, the Federal Government employed 35,300 engineering technicians, state governments employed 31,300, and local governments employed 25,100.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2008, about 34% of all engineering technicians worked in manufacturing, and about 25% worked in professional, scientific, and technical service industries. The employment of mechanical engineering technicians is expected to drop slightly over the next several years, and employment opportunities will definitely be best for those who have some formal training, such as a degree in mechanical engineering technology.

A student who earns a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology may be able to work as a mechanical engineer, especially in design, troubleshooting, and application. These engineers often work in power plants, but they may also work in refrigeration, material-handling systems, machine tool, agriculture, or manufacturing.

Mechanical engineering technology majors may also find careers in marine engineering, CADD, or automotive industries.

Careers you can get with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology include:

  • Automotive Engineer / Technician
  • Consulting Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Electro-mechanical Technician
  • Energy Conservation Engineer
  • Environmental Engineering Technician
  • Industrial Engineering Technician
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Marine Engineer (May require Coast Guard license)
  • Mechanical Engineer (May require bachelor’s degree)
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician
  • Power Plant Manager
  • Technical Sales Representative
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