Why Pursue a Mechanical Engineering Degree?

Pursue a Mechanical Engineering (ME) degree to obtain "a license to learn"1 to open for yourself "multiple paths to success"2 "so that 'you decide where to go'"3 in your career as a professional.

Mechanical Engineers are more or less the equivalent of the "special forces" in the military. This is so because the discipline is:

  • broad - "mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines,"
  • versatile - “the skills acquired through earning a degree in mechanical engineering often can be applied in other engineering specialties,”
  • indispensable - “Some mechanical engineers design tools that other engineers need for their work“
  • one of leadership - “many (mechanical engineers) become managers or corporate officers“

1 Sidney E. Fuchs, LSU BSME'86, MSME'87, President and CEO MacAulay-Brown, Inc.
2 Roy O. Martin, LSU BSME'82, MBA'86, President and CFO Roy O. Martin Lumber Co., LLC; Founder and Director Indigo Minerals LLC; Member of the LA Board of Regents.
3 Garry Wooley, LSU BSME'69, MSME'70, PhD'72; Founder and President Wooley and Associates Inc.

What do Mechanical Engineers do?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics "Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, build, and test mechanical devices, including tools, engines, and machines."

Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest engineering disciplines. It applies principles of engineering, mathematics, physics and materials science for the analysis, design, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical and flow/thermal systems. It involves the production and usage of heat and mechanical power for the design, production, and operation of machines and tools.

Because of the breadth of the discipline, mechanical engineers are often able to do, and indeed do, the work of other engineers in the workplace.

How much do Mechanical Engineers typically earn?

Mechanical engineers are well paid. The median salary for MEs is over $78,000 per the 2010 data of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In Louisiana and Texas the median salary is even higher, and last year's LSU ME graduating class commanded an entry level median salary of $70,000, which is over 15% above the national average.

Who employs Mechanical Engineers?

Mechanical engineers are one of the, if not THE, most sought after engineering discipline by a very broad spectrum of employers and industries. For some details visit the relevant site of the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics or look up Mechanical Engineering in Wikipedia.

Notable LSU Mechanical Engineering Alumni