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MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Mechanical engineers are involved in the conceptualization, design, manufacture, testing, marketing, and maintenance of devices and machines in a wide variety of industries such as power, textile, computer, electronics, automotive, and more.

Auburn Department of Mechanical Engineering
Explore characteristics of Mechanical Engineering careers

SAMPLE JOB TITLES

Project Engineer
Minimum Education: B.M.E.
Entry Level Salary Range: $51K - $96K
Average Entry Level Salary: $68K

Design Engineer
Minimum Education: B.M.E.
Entry Level Salary Range: $52K - $91K
Average Entry Level Salary: $69K

Maintenance Engineer
Minimum Education: B.M.E.
Entry Level Salary Range: $42K - $85K
Average Entry Level Salary: $62.7K

Quality Control Engineer
Minimum Education: B.M.E.
Entry Level Salary Range: $43K - $74K
Average Entry Level Salary: $58K

Salary ranges and averages refer to entry level roles in the United States provided by Glassdoor.com and Payscale.com.

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For example: Operations / Production, Quality Assurance, Product / Project Management, Engineering: Civil / Mechanical / Other

RECRUITING COMPANIES

  • Boeing
  • Chevron
  • Dynetics
  • ExxonMobil
  • Florida Power and Light
  • GE Aviation
  • Harris Corporation
  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • Ingalls Shipbuilding
  • International Paper
  • Kimberly Clark
  • Lockheed Martin
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • NAVAIR
  • Northrup Grumman
  • Rheem Manufacturing
  • Shaw Industries
  • Southern Nuclear
  • Southern Company
  • US Navy, Army, Air Force

This list is a sampling of companies, not reflective of all organizations who recruit AU Mechanical Engineers.

NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

STUDENT TEAMS AND ORGANIZATIONS

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Pi Tau Sigma Honor Society
  • War Eagle Motor Sports – Formula SAE
  • Baja SAE

ALUMNI

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Your Career Roadmap

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Develop key Career Readiness skills
  • Join ASME and/or other professional student organizations related to your interests
  • Attend ME orientation and advising in Wiggins Hall once in-major
  • Get to know alumni and professionals in your area of career interest
  • Attend the Engineering and Technology Career Fair, Tribology Career Fair, and/or the Graduate and Professional School Fair
  • Gain experience through internships, co-op, volunteer opportunities, and/or part-time jobs
  • Gain research experience by working on faculty projects or as a student employee