Mechanical Engineering Job Statistics [Mechanical engineering]

Mechanical Engineering Job Statistics

Interview with a ...Mechanical engineer

What do you do?

I design a building’s interior systems, such as plumbing and security. Using computer software, I make 3-D models of the systems according to a client’s specifications, including budget and time frame.

I’m generally hired as part of a team led by the architect who designed the building concept. The team meets with the client to understand details of the job, then spends a lot of time figuring out what systems would work best and who will design each of those systems. Once we complete the models, we submit them to the client for feedback, which we then use to improve the work. We continue revising until the client approves the designs.

What happens once a project gets underway?

Contractors bid on parts of the project, such as building a specific structure. We make sure they follow our specifications and use the proper equipment, but issues always come up. A lot of the work is actually problem solving. For example, I may have to adjust the design if a room feels too hot or a contractor assembles pieces in the wrong order.

Completing the project is a long process. The design phase usually takes about a year and a half, and the construction is another 1 to 2 years. But a big project can take as long as 5 years to finish.

What helped you prepare for your job?

I majored in chemistry for undergrad before deciding it was not for me. Instead, I got a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, hoping to work in the auto industry.

After college, I joined the Peace Corps and designed water systems in remote villages in Nepal. These systems weren’t high tech, and the work had nothing to do with mechanical engineering, but it was still a fantastic experience to build things with few resources.

Explain how you got into mechanical engineering.

After Peace Corps, I went back to school to get my master’s degree in civil engineering. To make grad school affordable, I needed to find a professor who would hire me as a research assistant. I found one in the mechanical engineering department, so I switched to mechanical and got my master’s in that. So really, I fell into it. My becoming a mechanical engineer was a twist of fate.

How did you get the job you have now?

When I was in grad school, my thesis advisor introduced me to a partner in this firm. The partner was active in a professional organization, so he would often visit the campus to encourage students to join and participate. I sent him my resume when I graduated, and he offered me a job.



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What kind of jobs are there for Mechanical Engineers in the film industry? - Quora

There are probably a few jobs for people with exceptional talents in engineering in Hollywood. Most are going to be with companies which create mechanical devices for the film industry for use in either the effects portion of the business or in something behind the scenes.
Since you are already enrolled at USC, which has one of the premier film schools in the world, I would suggest networking on campus and meeting people who were/are in the industry. They may be able to best guide you in which companies need people with your particular skill sets.
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