Mechanical Engineering Career Preparation
York College Mechanical Engineering majors graduate ready for a range of entry-level positions in industry, business, and government. Broad training in the design of mechanical systems applied through real-world experiences has prepared our graduates for opportunities with top employers, including American Hydro, Harley-Davidson, Johnson Controls, RMF Engineering, Teleflex, and United Technologies.
Career options to pursue after majoring in Mechanical Engineering include:
- Advanced Manufacturing Facilities
- Automation Controls and Instrumentation Design
- Equipment Design and Production
- Energy Production
- Forensic Engineering
- Materials Characterization and Engineering
- Product Research and Development
- Process Engineering
- Polymer Engineering
Mechanical engineers are in demand in many industries: hydropower, medical devices, automotive, aerospace, and more.
Graduate and Professional Study Readiness
Graduates of the BS in Mechanical Engineering degree become prepared to apply to further training and graduate programs by their research and design experience. Engineers who enter the workforce with a bachelor’s may want to acquire specialized knowledge or experience in the form of graduate programs to open opportunities for advanced engineering careers or academic research roles.
The scientific foundation of a mechanical engineering major program can also be used to prelude graduate studies in business, law, medicine, and other fields. Find your path in an interdisciplinary area like bioengineering, bring insight into patent or intellectual property law careers, and be ready for many other pathways.
Mechanical Engineering Degree Salary
Bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering open opportunities for entry-level roles with high starting salaries. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), mechanical engineers make a median annual salary of $95,300.
Additional work experience can lead to more specialized roles and prepare you to apply for professional or state licensure. Licensure requirements typically include around four years of experience. Salaries can also be elevated for engineers in demanding industries such as energy.
Mechanical engineers with bachelor’s degrees can take an initial exam to become engineers-in-training. Gaining the additional years of on-the-job experience needed to apply for your Professional Engineering (PE) licensure or state license allows you to enhance your advancement opportunities or start to work more independently, adding to your salary potential.