Career Options for Mechanical Engineers - Job Opportunities

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You may be an aspiring student who would like to pursue an Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering or maybe you have already completed a Mechanical Engineering Degree and not being able to decide what to look for after this, read on.

In this article, we will cover what Mechanical Engineering is (for aspiring students) all about, Best courses to do after mechanical engineering, What Mechanical Engineers do in an organization, Where you can start off your Mechanical Engineering Career, How would you get hired by top most companies in Campus or off Campus, what company/job you should choose which will ultimately become a perfect start for your career.

We will also look into top companies who are offering jobs to bright Mechanical Engineers, Skill sets required for making your mark in the Mechanical Engineering Industry, Compensation you can expect and finally the higher education opportunities you have after completion of your degree. Let’s begin.

What do we mean by Mechanical Engineering?

If you ever want to become jack-of-all-trades in Engineering, then Mechanical field is perfectly suited for you. In this field the engineers need a broad spectrum of skill-sets comprising of economic, social, technical and environmental. A mechanical engineer will work on solving the problems on motions, energy and force through principles of engineering.

Usually, when a mechanical engineer works, He/She emphasizes on the tools and processes of engineering by using a combination of human, material and economic resources. She may work on internal combustion engines, electric generators, gas and steam turbines and other machines which generate power. Other than that air-conditioning equipment, power tools and refrigeration also are other areas of work for mechanical engineers.

Where to start your career?

Unlike other engineering degrees, mechanical engineers have always been in demand. But as top-notch companies hire a great numbers of fresher every year, your chances of making your mark in a good company may be meagre. It is not because you don’t have the skills, but rather you need to understand the ratio between demand and supply. If supply is more and demand is lesser than the supply, then if the mechanical engineers are not good enough, not skilled enough, then it would be impossible to create a dent in the company you will start off your career with.
Thus, while everyone is busy chasing jobs, your emphasis should be developing yourselves and trying to get the higher education if possible. In later section, we will discuss about the possibilities of higher education, but for now to start with you need to be aware that what are your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and whether they align with your goal of becoming an exceedingly well mechanical engineer.

Keep in mind that getting placed is only a first step toward an exciting career of mechanical engineering. You also need to be willing to stretch yourself and push your envelope to become the best in the industry by working on yourself and your skill sets gradually.

Skill sets required and Best Courses to do for getting Top Job

To be able to perform exceedingly well, mechanical engineers need to have certain skill sets. The better you are in these skills, better would be your chances of success.

Required Skill SetDescription
Engineering & Technology You need to have practical knowledge in the general application, the procedures, techniques, tools in order to have a better hold at different aspects of mechanical fields.
Design Design is one of the most important parts of mechanical engineering. Knowledge of design tools, techniques and production of technical blueprints would be an added advantage for any student pursuing mechanical engineering.
Mechanical Though it is obvious, its importance doesn’t get reduced. Having the knowledge of tools, their designs, repairs, utilities and maintenance should be of utter importance for a mechanical engineer.
Production & Processing Knowledge of how production is being done, how quality is being controlled and assured, how to reduce cost by applying effective techniques for specific occasions will help a student become a good engineer along the way.
Math Skills For analysis and design of mechanical components, strong math skills is a must.

Other than above, one should be properly honed in mathematics, physics and computer technology to be able to apply the above knowledge and skills in practical situations. Moreover, to be able to give yourself an edge over others, you need to have knowledge in Engineering Design, ANSYS and C++.

Following courses will help you land in a dream job.

Piping Software IIT Mumbai
HyperMesh Cipet Chennai
Thermal Power Plant Engineering  

How to get hired during Campus or off Campus Recruitment?

There are different fields where a mechanical engineer can make his/her mark. You can pick product design, research and development, manufacturing, systems management, energy or marketing. No matter what you choose, know that it would be the beginning of an exciting career. So choose well.

But what mechanical engineering students face most of the time that they don’t get what they would like to get at the end of their mechanical engineering degree is the right opportunity. A lot of top-notch companies offer reasonable positions but quite often the positions don’t suit the students.

What should they do then?

If the students are not able to crack the campus placements or don’t choose to opt for the opportunities they are offered by the companies, they can look outside. They can list down a series of companies where they can hone their skills, develop their passion for mechanical engineering and becoming the best version of what they want in their career. Then they can apply.

Normally, in every good engineering company offers job on varied criteria. The criteria include general aptitude test, engineering and application aptitude test, group discussion, technical interview and final HR interview. If the students can pass through all these criteria, they would be able to work for the position and the company they would like to work for.

To begin the preparation, they should collect the material on aptitude test tricks, engineering general application test; they can practice group discussion with friends, and can conduct mock interview sessions to be job-ready.

After doing all that we have mentioned here, if you are not able to crack any job in your area of specialization in Mechanical Engineering, then you can opt for another way out. And that is to go for internships. The internships may come with payment or no-payment, but if you perform well during your internships, then chances are the company would like to keep you as the future employees or contract employees. And that is not a bad idea to start off with.

Choosing right company for a bright career

As we have already mentioned that mechanical engineering has a broad spectrum of areas where mechanical engineers can work on and hone their skills. The mechanical engineers should not opt for a big company which offers great service and products, rather they should choose small and medium company where they can work more, share more ideas, take more responsibilities and be more in their career and life. The following are the areas where they can opt for job in order to make sure that their future career becomes bright.

  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Robotics
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Material Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Thermodynamics and heat transfer
  • Mechanical engineers can also choose design as part of their craftsmanship and become a master in what they do.

Top Companies which offer jobs for Mechanical Engineers

Though it is always prudent to choose better learning curve than a top brand name for starting off your career, if you can crack into the following companies then, maybe you would be able to earn a better compensation, honour as part of extra benefit and reputation of a great mechanical engineer.

  • Kirloskar
  • Larsen & Toubro (L&T)
  • TATA Group
  • Thyssen Krupp
  • Thermax
  • Godrej Group
  • Siemens
  • Schneider Electric
  • Suzlon
  • ABB Group
  • GE
  • BOSCH India
  • Crompton Greaves
  • Geometric Ltd
  • Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited
  • NTPC
  • Defense Research & Development Organization
  • Bhabha Atomic Research Center
  • Indian Space Research Organization

Mechanical Engineer Salary

The average median salary for a mechanical engineer in India is around US$ 10,000. However, it is quite high in foreign countries. In developing countries like USA and UK, the salary range is around US$ 70,000 to US$ 85,000.

Higher Education Opportunities

There are lot of options after you complete your Bachelor of Engineering or B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering. You can opt for master degree in India or abroad. By cracking GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) you can opt for any Master Degree course in Engineering in the most reputed engineering colleges in India like IITs. If you wish to opt for management stream after studies, have a look at Careers in MBA after Engineering section.

But if you would like to explore the foreign universities, you need to appear for GRE (Graduate Record Examination). From the top-tier universities to second and third-tier universities you can opt for any university depending on your career aspiration. You can pursue MS degree in Mechantronics, Power Machinery and Sensor System Technology, MS in Power Machinery and Engineering or else MS in Mechanical Engineering. The best places to apply are in USA, China and UK.