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Mechanical Engineers
District Of Columbia

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Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.

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Currently Employed: 890

Projected Annual Job Openings: 40

Typical Hourly Wage: $35.56 - $55.02

Typical Annual Salary: $74,000 - $114,400

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Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Read and interpret blueprints, technical drawings, schematics, or computer-generated reports.
  • Research, design, evaluate, install, operate, or maintain mechanical products, equipment, systems or processes to meet requirements.
  • Confer with engineers or other personnel to implement operating procedures, resolve system malfunctions, or provide technical information.
  • Develop, coordinate, or monitor all aspects of production, including selection of manufacturing methods, fabrication, or operation of product designs.
  • Investigate equipment failures or difficulties to diagnose faulty operation and recommend remedial actions.
  • Recommend the use of utility or energy services that minimize carbon footprints.
  • Develop or test models of alternate designs or processing methods to assess feasibility, sustainability, operating condition effects, potential new applications, or necessity of modification.
  • Specify system components or direct modification of products to ensure conformance with engineering design, performance specifications, or environmental regulations.
  • Recommend design modifications to eliminate machine or system malfunctions.
  • Assist drafters in developing the structural design of products, using drafting tools or computer-assisted drafting equipment or software.

tools & technology

  • Flowmeters
  • Machine mounts or vibration isolators
  • Semiconductor process systems
  • Strain gauges
  • Voltage comparator integrated circuits

  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Development environment software
  • Industrial control software
  • Object or component oriented development software

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