Electro-Mechanical Engineer

Blend electrical and machine knowledge to create new products.
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Salary Range
$51,000 – $119,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Electro-Mechanical Engineers do?

When you enter engineering school, you’re often required to choose between focusing on mechanical systems and electrical systems. Electro-Mechanical Engineers refuse to make up their minds. Instead, they apply the principles from both fields to design new products that are both mechanical and electrical in nature.

As an Electro-Mechanical Engineer, you work to create new products. In some cases, people have wild ideas for new gadgets, and you have to figure out how to build the machine to fit the dream. Electro-Mechanical Engineers use computers to design the product, and build small models to make sure it will actually work in real life. You also test the product and make adjustments to your design as needed.

While you spend much of your time in a laboratory, working with models, circuits, and machines, you won’t be exempt from talking to other people. So you mustn’t let your people skills erode. Since many people won’t quite understand what it is that you do, you must be an excellent communicator so you can describe your work clearly and completely.

You need to explain your product to the owners of the idea, and demonstrate how you’ve improved upon the original concept. You may need to write reports and manuals so your company knows how to mass-produce the product you’ve made. And you need to be open to criticism from consumers so you’ll know how to tweak your design for the next product rollout. Additionally, you need to create reports detailing how much the product will cost to make, as well as how much it’s likely to cost in a store.

Should I be an Electro-Mechanical Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.

  • Also known as: Electromechanical Engineers, Hydroelectric Plant Mechanical Engineer

    How to Become an
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