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Career Opportunities

Mechanical engineering is frequently cited as the broadest of all the engineering disciplines. Our undergraduate curriculum prepares students for work in a wide range of industries, including but not limited to design, manufacturing, controls, power production, aerospace, robotics and systems engineering.

Additionally, per industry demands, our program strives to produce engineers who are creative, inquisitive, analytical, and detail oriented. The engineer of today needs to be a strong communicator, both orally and in writing.

Job Outlook

Even in a down economy, the outlook for jobs in engineering are expected to be reasonably strong overall. Job growth of around 6 percent is expected over the next decade with some specialties being much stronger. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):

Mechanical engineers are involved in the production of a wide range of products, and continued efforts to improve those products will create continued demand for their services. In addition, some new job opportunities will be created through the effects of emerging technologies in biotechnology, materials science, and nanotechnology. Additional opportunities outside of mechanical engineering will exist because the skills acquired through earning a degree in mechanical engineering often can be applied in other engineering specialties.

Salaries

The average starting salary nationally is approximately $58,800 with a median overall salary of around $75,000. Colorado, in particular, is the 3rd highest paying state in the nation with a median salary of $94,100 for mechanical engineers.

Current Opportunities

Current Internships and Job Opportunities are posted on the bulletin board located on the 2nd floor student lounge at the Archuleta Engineering Building. They are also filed in a binder at the AEC Front Desk.