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Mechanical Engineer

Average Salary: $72,075

Mechanical engineers design systems for plumbing, pipes, air conditioning and heating, and heavy machinery. They are essential professionals in every industry. Some of their responsibilities in the water sector include:

  • designing the piping and flow routes through water treatment plants and water distribution systems;
  • making water treatment plants and water distribution systems operate efficiently and reliably;
  • planning and designing tools, engines, and machines to perform specialized functions such as delivering a steady flow of chemicals at a certain rate into the water supply at a treatment plant;
  • overseeing the installation, operation, and maintenance of equipment.

Education: Four- or five-year degree or graduate degree in mechanical engineering
Entry-level opportunities: No (specialized education needed)
Certificates, licenses: Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.)
Desirable traits and skills: Strong in science and math; analytical; mechanical; good written and communication skills; independently motivated

For more information:
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
345 E. 47th St.
New York, NY 10017

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc.
1791 Tullie Circle NE.
Atlanta, GA 30329