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.

A Typical Day

  • 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.

Recommended Credentials

Bachelor's Degree

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Associates Degree/Professional Certificate -

  • NMC (has several articulation agreements to 4-year programs)

Bachelors Degree - 


Elsewhere in Michigan


Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

  • Take an engineering class at your high school

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 2

Associates Degree/Engineering Certificate -

Pathway 3

Bachelor's degree (NMC has articulation agreements with several Michigan universities, making transfer of credits easy and saving you $$$)


Sample Employers in Our Region

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Sample Job Titles...

  • Design Engineer
  • Quality Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Sensor Engineer
  • Project Engineer

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10-Year Job Growth Projections

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Employed Regionally

In 2019

Wage Range & Median 10-County Region


Annual Hires Regionally

In 2019

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