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Mechanical Engineers - 17-2141.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Application Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Design Maintenance Engineer
  • Equipment Engineer
  • Mechanical Design Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Product Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Test Engineer

SOC Occupation Groups

17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations
17-2000 Engineers
17-2140 Mechanical Engineers
17-2141.00 Mechanical Engineers

Related Occupations


  • Apply engineering principles or practices to emerging fields, such as robotics, waste management, or biomedical engineering.
  • Assist drafters in developing the structural design of products, using drafting tools or computer-assisted drafting equipment or software.
  • Calculate energy losses for buildings, using equipment such as computers, combustion analyzers, or pressure gauges.
  • Conduct research that tests or analyzes the feasibility, design, operation, or performance of equipment, components, or systems.
  • Confer with engineers or other personnel to implement operating procedures, resolve system malfunctions, or provide technical information.
  • Design integrated mechanical or alternative systems, such as mechanical cooling systems with natural ventilation systems, to improve energy efficiency.
  • Design test control apparatus or equipment or develop procedures for testing products.
  • Develop or test models of alternate designs or processing methods to assess feasibility, sustainability, operating condition effects, potential new applications, or necessity of modification.
  • Develop, coordinate, or monitor all aspects of production, including selection of manufacturing methods, fabrication, or operation of product designs.
  • Direct the installation, operation, maintenance, or repair of renewable energy equipment, such as heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) or water systems.
  • Establish or coordinate the maintenance or safety procedures, service schedule, or supply of materials required to maintain machines or equipment in the prescribed condition.
  • Estimate costs or submit bids for engineering, construction, or extraction projects.
  • Evaluate mechanical designs or prototypes for energy performance or environmental impact.
  • Investigate equipment failures or difficulties to diagnose faulty operation and recommend remedial actions.
  • Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, or repair to ensure that machines or equipment are installed and functioning according to specifications.
  • Perform personnel functions, such as supervision of production workers, technicians, technologists, or other engineers.
  • Provide feedback to design engineers on customer problems or needs.
  • Provide technical customer service.
  • Read and interpret blueprints, technical drawings, schematics, or computer-generated reports.
  • Recommend design modifications to eliminate machine or system malfunctions.
  • Recommend the use of utility or energy services that minimize carbon footprints.
  • Research and analyze customer design proposals, specifications, manuals, or other data to evaluate the feasibility, cost, or maintenance requirements of designs or applications.
  • Research, design, evaluate, install, operate, or maintain mechanical products, equipment, systems or processes to meet requirements.
  • Select or install combined heat units, power units, cogeneration equipment, or trigeneration equipment that reduces energy use or pollution.
  • Solicit new business.
  • Specify system components or direct modification of products to ensure conformance with engineering design, performance specifications, or environmental regulations.
  • Study industrial processes to maximize the efficiency of equipment applications, including equipment placement.
  • Write performance requirements for product development or engineering projects.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise customers on the use of products or services.
  • Advise others regarding green practices or environmental concerns.
  • Analyze design or requirements information for mechanical equipment or systems.
  • Confer with other personnel to resolve design or operational problems.
  • Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans.
  • Coordinate safety or regulatory compliance activities.
  • Create models of engineering designs or methods.
  • Design electronic or computer equipment or instrumentation.
  • Design industrial equipment.
  • Design industrial processing systems.
  • Determine operational methods.
  • Direct equipment maintenance or repair activities.
  • Direct industrial production activities.
  • Direct installation activities.
  • Document technical design details.
  • Estimate operational costs.
  • Evaluate characteristics of equipment or systems.
  • Evaluate plans or specifications to determine technological or environmental implications.
  • Identify new applications for existing technologies.
  • Implement design or process improvements.
  • Install production equipment or systems.
  • Investigate system, equipment, or product failures.
  • Perform marketing activities.
  • Prepare proposal documents.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.
  • Research industrial processes or operations.
  • Review technical documents to plan work.
  • Select tools, equipment, or technologies for use in operations or projects.
  • Supervise production or support personnel.
  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Civil Engineer (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Civil Engineer, Mechanical Engineer (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Developmental Engineer (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Developmental Engineer, Mechanical (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Launching, Recovery and Landing Aids Engineering Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Machinists Mate (Weapons) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • RL - Naval Reactors Engineer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Tool Design
  • Tool Designer

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Applications Engineer, Manufacturing
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechanical Research Engineer
  • Mechanical-Design Engineer, Facilities
  • Mechanical-Design Engineer, Products
  • Stress Analyst
  • Test Engineer, Mechanical Equipment
  • Tool Designer
  • Tool-Designer Apprentice
  • Utilization Engineer