We surveyed 6,082 mechanical engineers to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical mechanical engineer. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a mechanical engineer?

Low

High

Working as a mechanical engineer typically requires higher levels of intelligence when compared with the average career. This means that mechanical engineers are required to actively learn new things related to their discipline and solve complex problems.

Can I learn to become a mechanical engineer?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a mechanical engineer typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a mechanical engineer?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a mechanical engineer. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for mechanical engineers.

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Do mechanical engineers work full-time or part-time?

93% of mechanical engineers work in full-time roles while 7% work part-time.

Is being a mechanical engineer stressful?

Low

High

Stress is not uncommon amongst mechanical engineers, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.

Is being organized important as a mechanical engineer?

Low

High

Some level of organization is generally required to be a mechanical engineer.

How competitive is the workplace for mechanical engineers?

Low

High

Mechanical engineers see mild competition in their workplace.

Does being a mechanical engineer require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Mechanical engineers will have to sometimes face time pressure on the job.

Are mechanical engineers allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Mechanical engineers are afforded a certain level of ability to express themselves creatively, compared to other careers.

Do mechanical engineers have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

While sometimes the direction is set, occasionally mechanical engineers will have some flexibility over the direction of their work.

Is being a mechanical engineer physically demanding?

Low

High

Work as a mechanical engineers is not the most physically demanding of careers, falling in the bottom half of all careers.

Are mechanical engineers exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

While sometimes repetitive, mechanical engineers tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.

Does being a mechanical engineer require attention to detail?

Low

High

As in many careers, attention to detail is quite helpful for mechanical engineers.

Does being a good mechanical engineer require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

The ability to be compassion and empathetic isn't considered fundamental to success as a mechanical engineer.