All data is specific to San Diego County

Fast Facts?

  • Average Annual Salary $127,574
  • Hourly Pay Entry Level: $33.24
    Median: $42.95
    Experienced: $53.50
  • Growth (2014-2019)10%
  • Openings (2014-2019)200
  • Current Employment 3,782
  • Projected Employment 3,908
  • Typical Entry-level Education Bachelor's degree

Mechanical Engineers

Employment, 2004 - 2019

Top Knowledge,
Skills and Abilities

  • TECHNICAL
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Aided Drafting/Design (CAD)
  • Mechanical Design
  • Product Development
  • Validation
  • NON-TECHNICAL
  • Communication
  • Organization
  • Writing
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Problem Solving

occupational tasks

  • Read and interpret blueprints, technical drawings, schematics or computer-generated reports
  • Assist drafters in developing the structural design of products using drafting tools or computer-assisted design (CAD) or drafting equipment and software
  • Research, design, evaluate, install, operate and maintain mechanical products, equipment, systems and processes to meet requirements, applying knowledge of engineering principles
  • Confer with engineers or other personnel to implement operating procedures, resolve system malfunctions or provide technical information
  • Recommend design modifications to eliminate machine or system malfunctions

Gender Breakdown: Male/Female (percentages)