- Food and Agriculture
- Health Professions
- Social Sciences
- Social Services, Advocacy, & Non-Governmental Organizations
Engineers use their strong math and science backgrounds to develop solutions to practical problems. Mechanical Engineers plan and design mechanical systems and tools that produce, transmit, or use power. They may work in design, instrumentation, testing, robotics, or transportation, among other areas. They are employed in a variety of fields including industry, hospitals, research facilities, teaching, and government regulatory agencies. As is the case with engineering disciplines, there is often overlap between mechanical engineering and other fields such as biomedical, electrical, or environmental engineering.
Mechanical engineers can work in any sector of the economy including government, academia, nonprofit/NGO, and corporate employers. Furthermore, those with engineering degrees may perform work directly related to their technical expertise, such as research, design, or manufacturing, or in a correlated arena, such as policy advising or intellectual property.
Engineering is one field in which students can begin to gain practical experience while still on campus. Faculty research laboratories provide an excellent first step in exploring hands-on work in engineering, whether such experience takes place during the completion of a lab course or as student employment. Additionally, engaging in summer internships can allow for a more in-depth exploration of a particular career field within engineering, as well as an opportunity to meet and network with engineering professionals.