Aspiring mechanical engineers need to obtain a bachelor’s degree from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) approved College or university. Most of these engineers go on to receive their master’s degree in order to perform research. All mechanical engineers must be licensed to work; such licensure allows them to become Professional Engineers, a position requiring a degree from an accredited program, at least 4 years of relevant work experience, and a passing score on the final examination.
To become a teacher, conduct research, or advance in the field, a master’s degree is usually required. Many mechanical engineers earn additional degrees in engineering or business administration.