Design Collaborative Reviews
Q: What is it like working as a Mechanical Engineer at U.S. Navy?
Mechanical Engineer in Silverdale:
"Low Pay - But Steady Work."
Pros: Working for the DoD, or any federal agency, offers very good job security. When times are bad economically, federal workers are thankful for their salaries.
Cons: The DoD is saddled with a number of problems, ranging from congressionally mandated bureaucratic burdens, to outdated equipment, to low pay (when compared to private sector).
Mechanical Engineer in Boston:
Pros: Exciting products, interesting field, good freedom at work.
Cons: Poor scheduling and project management.
Mechanical Engineer in Mahwah:
Pros: Everything about engineering to inspection.
Mechanical Engineer in Atlanta:
"A SATISFIED PROFFESIONAL."
Pros: LEARNING NEW THINGS IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE.
Cons: NOTHING IS BAD ABOUT MY JOB RATHER I AM LEARNING NEW THINGS EVERY DAY.
Mechanical Engineer in Lexington:
"Figure out your niche."
The field of Mechanical Engineering is very broad. You can choose to be a "general practitioner" and not specialize in any area, but that might limit salary potential. Focused jobs seem to offer the higher pay, but you do risk limiting employment opportunities. But in the long run, if you're doing what you like and getting compensated for it, you will be happier.
Mechanical Engineer in Clearfield:
"Be a people person, not just a desk jockey."
Of course I could say to be a hard worker and hone your engineering skills, but that goes without saying. I think it's just as important to hone interpersonal skills so you will be able to network and learn from others within your own and other organizations you might interact with. If you are brilliant and nobody else knows it, then you are not doing yourself any favors.
Mechanical Engineer in Rochester:
"Make yourself more valuable."
Make yourself more valuable to the company as soon as possible.