Using applied physics and other science fields to create vehicles and structures, mechanical engineering is a broad field that often allows people to work in an industry that interests them personally. These include medical, scientific research, construction, aerospace, acoustics, combustion, automotive engineering and more.
- Choose a mechanical engineering programme in university. At least one year of general engineering coursework is required in most universities before you can begin to specialise in your degree. Student group, internships and job searches can all help you with coursework.
- Discuss about undergraduate research opportunities with your professors. Doing research will definitely help you learn more about what mechanical engineers do, and you can build references and contacts in the field at the same time. Student research is usually done in the first three years of school because students have their own projects during the final year of university.
- Find an internship with an engineering company. Since the current job market is saturated with engineering graduates, having internship experience sets your application apart. State the professor that you researched with as a reference and a guide during the application process.
- Apply to be a licenced professional engineer to increase your employment opportunities. You will need to pass several exams and spend some time as an engineering intern or a trainee. For more information, contact the group that oversees licenses, the Professional Engineers Board (www.peb.gov.sg).
- Do some graduate course work in mechanical engineering. A master’s degree can help you get a higher paying job in the industry that appeals to you. If you’d rather oversee a group of mechanical engineers than work as one, you can also get a master’s degree in engineering management.
Remember to build good relationships with your university professors as most of them have connections to the engineering industry. In addition to working towards an engineering degree, create a resume that will distinguish you from other recent graduates by also taking an academic minor.