Mechanical Engineer: Main Duties and Responsibilities (01:08)
Mechanical engineer Brad Gross is responsible for quality control at a company that buys raw pipe material and turns it into products. He describes the company's business model.
Mechanical Engineer: Career Beginnings (00:25)
Brad Gross went into the third-generation family business of mechanical engineering.
Mechanical Engineer: Keys to Success (00:50)
Attention to detail is crucial in mechanical engineering. There are set rules involved, equations, and processes.
Mechanical Engineer: Education and Certification Requirements (02:06)
OSHA classes and certifications are available for mechanical engineers. Certification is available from the American Welding Society. Education is heavy in mathematics and physics.
Mechanical Engineer: Workplace Atmosphere (01:33)
Mechanical engineering can involve extensive travel. Gross currently spends most of his time in the office; hours are long at his firm.
Mechanical Engineer: Advice for Aspiring Pros (01:35)
An aspiring mechanical engineer should find a mentor; large firms transfer knowledge between generations.
Mechanical Engineer: A Day on the Job (01:43)
Gross tries to stay available to his employees throughout their 7-3:30 shift and does his paper work later in the day.
Mechanical Engineer: Industry Goals and Services (02:20)
Conversion of coal plants and fracking are a major focus for mechanical engineers. Firms hire mechanical engineers for design needs; knowledge of thermal dynamics is highly valuable.
Mechanical Engineer: Industry Challenges (00:49)
Gross says there is a continuing shortage of mechanical engineers. The industry is not glamorous, but it is the backbone of much of the economy.
Mechanical Engineer: Looking at the Future (01:15)
America's energy market is huge for mechanical engineers, as are the automotive and defense markets. American manufacturing is coming back.
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