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What Mechanical Engineers Do

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, build, and test mechanical devices, including tools, engines, and machines.


Mechanical engineers typically do the following:

Mechanical engineers use many types of tools, engines, and machines. Examples include the following:

Like other engineers, mechanical engineers use computers extensively. Computers help mechanical engineers to do the following:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition