Mechanical Engineer Career

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In four months I will be done with high school, and the time has come for me to go to college and learn a career. The career that I plan on choosing is a mechanical engineer. A mechanical engineer is a very broad career path with many jobs available. “These jobs can range from someone designing parts for space shuttles, buildings, computers, cars, and various other important mechanical parts that are necessary for today’s society” (bls.gov) . The part of mechanical engineering that I want to go into is the design of automotive engines. In this career you are hired by an automaker to design engines for their cars. An example of this would be Toyota hiring you to design a more fuel efficient and reliable engine for the next generation Prius. The work of a mechanical engineer is in an office setting with visits to the production factories, and meetings with your team of mechanical engineers. The average salary is around $80,000 a year with the highest ten percent making $121,000 a year, and the lowest ten percent making around $52,000 a year. Employers are looking for individuals who are smart, diligent, dedicated, creative, and professional. An entry level job in mechanical engineering requires a bachelor’s degree. The major subjects one has to study in college include physics, chemistry, and trigonometry. Internships are highly recommended for students in college studying for mechanical engineering. Jobs in mechanical engineering are expected to grow by 5 percent in the next 10 years which is slower than average compared to most occupations. There are two automakers in which I would be very happy to be hired by which are Ford, or Audi. The reason I picked Ford was because I like the direction the company is going financially, and they are making huge strides in smaller turbocharged engines to replace the big gas thirsty engines found in most vehicles. The reason I would like to work for Audi is because they have a much different take on how to save gas and emissions. They use small clean turbo diesel engines in their cars to deliver better performance, fuel economy, and reliability than a conventional hybrid. I would also like to design performance engines for those brands as well. Both brands have a long history with performance cars, and this has always interested me.
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