The PathMatch Guide to

Mechanical Engineering

A Day in the Life

The role of a Mechanical Engineer is to take a product from an idea to the marketplace. Through applying various principles and problem-solving techniques, mechanical engineers work to construct products and services consumers want to buy. Some of their major responsibilities include designing mechanical and thermal devices, investigating equipment failures, and analyzing problems to see how mechanical devices might help to solve a current problem.

Work Responsibilities

Skills You'll Need

  • Strong understanding of the principles of calculus, statistics, and trigonometry 
  • Proficiency in the latest computer software (MATLAB, CAD software)
  • Intermediate understanding of how to use mechanical equipment 
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills 
  • Ability to creatively solve complex problems

Industries You'll Work In

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The Network You'd Build

Here are a few real-word examples of jobs and people working in this industry right now.

Example Jobs

Real World Professionals

Growth Path

  1. Mechanical Engineer
  2. Senior Mechanical Engineer
  3. Mechanical Engineering Manager
  4. Director of Mechanical Engineering

Demand for Talent

  • The job opportunities for mechanical engineers are projected to grow by 4% from 2018 to 2028
  • Mechanical engineering is a broad sector and is needed within many different industries, so there is always a high demand for this position


Mechanical Engineer
Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
Director of Mechanical Engineering

Teams You'll Work With


Work/Life Balance Score

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Job Stability Score

Job stability is about more than your experience and career. As industries decline, so do the jobs in them.


Prestige Score

Job stability is about more than your experience and career. As industries decline, so do the jobs in them.

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