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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineers research, develop, design, manufacture and test tools, engines, machines, and other mechanical devices. They apply knowledge of thermal sciences, fluid and solid mechanics, and mathematics to develop and design such systems as power-producing machines, internal combustion engines, steam and gas turbines, and jet and rocket engines. They may also develop machines such as refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, robotics used in manufacturing, machine tools, materials handling systems, or industrial production equipment. Mechanical Engineers are also involved in research, development, design, production and testing, construction, operations, sales, management and consulting.

Some specialties include applied mechanics, computer-aided design (CAD), energy systems, heating, and refrigeration and air-conditioning systems. Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest of the engineering disciplines, extending across many interdependent specialties

Career Opportunities

  • Body Systems Engineer
  • Chassis System Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Design Engineer Manager
  • Facilities Maintenance Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Nuclear Propulsion Engineer
  • Oilfield Manufacturing Engineer
  • Packaging Specialist Engineer
  • Plant Engineer
  • Power Train Systems Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Reliability Engineer
  • Rotating Equipment Engineer

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Related Websites

Job Listings:

National Index of Engineering Jobs and Resources
Engineering Central
Just Engineers
NationJob Network
Biotech Jobs
OK Job Match

Career Planning:

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Organizations and Associations:

American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Society of Women Engineers
National Society of Black Engineers
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
American Indian Science & Engineering Society

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers
Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Society of American Military Engineers


Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma