Mechanical Engineers

Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems. (SOC Code: 17-2141)

Average wage in the State of Hawaii (2022)*:
$92,090 / per year

Typical Entry -Level Education**:
Bachelor’s degree

On-the-job Training**:

Work Environment**:
Mechanical engineers generally work in offices. They may occasionally visit worksites where a problem or piece of equipment needs their personal attention. Mechanical engineers work mostly in engineering services, research and development, and manufacturing.

How to Become a Mechanical Engineer**:
Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. All states and the District of Columbia require mechanical engineers who sell services to the public to be licensed.

* State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism “Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics” Data (2022) (

** Information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (