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SOC: 17-2141 Mechanical Engineers
Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of such equipment as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.
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Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Tasks: Read and interpret blueprints, technical drawings, schematics, or computer-generated reports. Research, design, evaluate, install, operate, or maintain mechanical products, equipment, systems or processes to meet requirements. Confer with engineers or other personnel to implement operating procedures, resolve system malfunctions, or provide technical information. Develop, coordinate, or monitor all aspects of production, including selection of manufacturing methods, fabrication, or operation of product designs. Investigate equipment failures or difficulties to diagnose faulty operation and recommend remedial actions. Develop or test models of alternate designs or processing methods to assess feasibility, sustainability, operating condition effects, potential new applications, or necessity of modification. Specify system components or direct modification of products to ensure conformance with engineering design, performance specifications, or environmental regulations. Recommend design modifications to eliminate machine or system malfunctions. Assist drafters in developing the structural design of products, using drafting tools or computer-assisted drafting equipment or software. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, or repair to ensure that machines or equipment are installed and functioning according to specifications. Conduct research that tests or analyzes the feasibility, design, operation, or performance of equipment, components, or systems. Design test control apparatus or equipment or develop procedures for testing products. Provide feedback to design engineers on customer problems or needs. Research and analyze customer design proposals, specifications, manuals, or other data to evaluate the feasibility, cost, or maintenance requirements of designs or applications. Estimate costs or submit bids for engineering, construction, or extraction projects.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $30.04   Entry $62,475.00
Mean $43.51   Mean $90,490.00
Experience $50.24 Experience $104,492.00

The data is based on the May 2016 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2017.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2014Projected Employment 2024Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
3,4804,1001701.65
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