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Monterey Peninsula College
980 Fremont Street
Monterey, CA 93940


Mechanical Engineers

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Work Activities of Mechanical Engineers


Making Decisions and Solving Problems

  • use intuitive judgment for engineering analyses
  • resolve engineering or science problems


Interacting With Computers

  • use computer aided drafting or design software for design, drafting, modeling, or other engineering tasks
  • use computer graphics design software
  • use computers to enter, access or retrieve data
  • use relational database software
  • use spreadsheet software
  • use word processing or desktop publishing software
  • develop or maintain databases


Getting Information

  • collect scientific or technical data
  • read blueprints
  • read schematics
  • read technical drawings
  • read vehicle manufacturer's specifications


Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates

  • confer with engineering, technical or manufacturing personnel


Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards

  • inspect facilities or equipment for regulatory compliance
  • examine engineering documents for completeness or accuracy


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

  • plan production processes
  • plan testing of engineering methods


Processing Information

  • compile numerical or statistical data
  • develop tables depicting data
  • compute production, construction, or installation specifications


Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

  • understand engineering data or reports
  • recognize characteristics of metals


Communicating with Persons Outside Organization

  • communicate technical information


Analyzing Data or Information

  • analyze engineering design problems
  • analyze scientific research data or investigative findings
  • evaluate costs of engineering projects
  • evaluate engineering data
  • evaluate manufacturing or processing systems
  • evaluate tool designs
  • provide analytical assessment of engineering data
  • analyze technical data, designs, or preliminary specifications
  • analyze project proposal to determine feasibility, cost, or time
  • analyze test data
  • analyze engineering test data


Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

  • use drafting or mechanical drawing techniques
  • use government regulations
  • use pollution control techniques
  • use quality assurance techniques
  • use research methodology procedures within manufacturing or commerce
  • use scientific research methodology
  • follow safe waste disposal procedures
  • use technical information in manufacturing or industrial activities
  • use technical regulations for engineering problems
  • follow manufacturing methods or techniques
  • use biological research techniques
  • use knowledge of investigation techniques
  • use mathematical or statistical methods to identify or analyze problems
  • use project management techniques
  • use quantitative research methods
  • use library or online Internet research techniques
  • use robotics systems technology
  • follow statistical process control procedures


Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others

  • explain complex mathematical information


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships

  • work as a team member


Documenting/Recording Information


    Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings


      Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment

      • draw prototypes, plans, or maps to scale
      • write product performance requirements
      • calculate engineering specifications


      Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People

      • evaluate product design


      Thinking Creatively

      • design control systems
      • design tools or mechanical devices
      • design engineered systems
      • design electronic equipment
      • design machines
      • design power equipment
      • design manufacturing processes or methods
      • design transporting processes
      • improve test devices or techniques in manufacturing, industrial or engineering setting
      • create mathematical or statistical diagrams or charts
      • develop mathematical simulation models
      • design electro-mechanical equipment
      • determine specifications


      Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others


        Performing Administrative Activities

        • prepare reports
        • prepare technical reports or related documentation
        • prepare contract documents


        Scheduling Work and Activities


          Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information

          • bid engineering, construction or extraction projects
          • estimate cost for engineering projects
          • estimate time needed for project
          • estimate time or cost for installation, repair, or construction projects


          Training and Teaching Others


            Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

            • conduct performance testing


            Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others

            • coordinate engineering project activities
            • coordinate production maintenance activities
            • direct and coordinate activities of workers or staff
            • oversee testing or construction of prototype



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