Mechanical engineers held about 277,500 jobs in 2014. The industries that employed the most mechanical engineers were as follows:
Computer and electronic product manufacturing
Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing
Mechanical engineers generally work in offices. They may occasionally visit worksites where a problem or piece of equipment needs their personal attention. In most settings, they work with other engineers, engineering technicians, and other professionals as part of a team.
Most mechanical engineers work full time, and about 1 in 3 worked more than 40 hours a week in 2014.