Top 16 Companies to Work for as a Mechanical Engineer

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Top 16 Companies to Work for as a Mechanical Engineer

By Indeed Editorial Team

Published February 15, 2021

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Mechanical engineering is a growing field with many opportunities. If you're thinking of starting a career in mechanical engineering or are looking for a new role, you can find an abundance of companies hiring. In this article, we explain how to become a mechanical engineer and show you 16 of the top companies to work for.

Read more: A Guide to Careers in Mechanical Engineering

How to get a mechanical engineering job

Below are steps you can follow to help you get a mechanical engineering job:

  1. Earn an undergraduate degree. A mechanical engineering career requires a bachelor's degree. Many companies prefer a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, but some will accept a bachelor's in other relevant fields such as engineering technology or mathematics. When choosing a college, try to find one that the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) has approved.

  2. Develop relevant skills. You may develop practical engineering skills, such as mathematics and programming, during your undergraduate studies. Some mechanical engineering programs look for additional skills such as project management and attention to detail. Consider developing these during an internship to further help your mechanical engineering career.

  3. Earn extra licensing or certification if required. Each state has different regulations around engineering licenses and certificates. Most states require you to pass the Fundamentals of Engineering exam before earning a license. Check with your state to see what they require and complete additional certifications if necessary.

  4. Continue your education if needed. You may be able to start your career in an entry-level mechanical engineering position at this step, but some positions may require advanced degrees. A master's in engineering could help you in your career. There are also doctorate programs for mechanical engineers if you are interested.

Read more: How to Become a Mechanical Engineer

The 16 best companies for mechanical engineering jobs

There are many great companies to work for as a mechanical engineer according to employees in the field. Indeed's company ratings, sent by employees, include factors such as work-life balance, salaries, benefits and employee happiness. Based on these submissions, the top 16 companies to work for as a mechanical engineer are:

Indeed rating: 4.4

NASA is a well-known organization with locations across the country. Mechanical engineers collaborate with scientists and other types of engineers to help design and produce space software and technology. If you're interested in space, NASA might be a great fit for you. Employees report high satisfaction in areas such as happiness, culture, management, work-life balance and benefits.

Indeed rating: 4.3

As one of the largest technology companies in the world, Google works to bring information to a global audience. At Google, mechanical engineers create and refine hardware systems. They produce and test software for the internal company and customers. Google scores high in terms of work happiness and employee support. Many employees also cite Google's work flexibility and company culture as important benefits.

Indeed rating: 4.3

The U.S. is often looking for mechanical engineers to help design and produce naval technology. If you love learning new things and want to feel a strong sense of purpose in your career, the U.S. Department of the Navy might be a good company for you. Employees give the company high scores in both learning opportunities and a sense of purpose. There are locations in many major cities and some coastal towns.

Indeed rating: 4.2

Another well-known tech company, Apple hires mechanical engineers to help develop and test consumer products. They have locations in many major cities. Apple employees give the company an above average happiness score and also rate the company as being highly inclusive. Many employees report feeling respected and part of a team.

Indeed rating: 4.2

Coffman Engineers, an engineering firm, works on projects in many industries including education, energy and healthcare. They have 14 locations across the U.S. and hire mechanical engineers in specialties such as plumbing and heating systems for large projects. Employees give Coffman Engineers high ratings in company culture, work-life balance and benefits.

Indeed rating: 4.2

If you are interested in pharmaceuticals or biotechnology, Johnson & Johnson is a good choice for mechanical engineers. Johnson & Johnson creates and manufactures many healthcare products. Mechanical engineers can work in technology, robotics or manufacturing. Johnson & Johnson has above average scores in work happiness, flexibility and learning opportunities.

Indeed rating: 4.2

Microsoft is a well-known name in the technology field. Mechanical engineers work to design software and hardware systems at Microsoft. They help develop new products and work to improve existing processes. Microsoft scores higher than average in work happiness and appreciation. They also score high in employee learning, and one of their benefits is tuition reimbursement if you want to continue your education.

Indeed rating: 4.1

Arup, a firm in the real estate industry, hires mechanical engineers to help design, plan and create products such as buildings and tunnels. Arup has 11 locations in the United States and hires mechanical engineers at several levels, including as interns. Employees give Arup high scores well in workplace culture and work-life balance.

Indeed rating: 4.1

Betchel is a global company with over 40 offices around the world. They are a construction, engineering and project management company. They hire engineers to help design complex projects such as energy technology and transportation infrastructure. Employees give Betchel high scores in many areas, including compensation and purpose.

Indeed rating: 4.1

The Ford Motor Company, headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, is a well-known car-manufacturing company. They hire mechanical engineers to refine their systems and processes in the assembly production. Employees rate Ford above average in compensation and feelings of achievement.

Indeed rating: 4.1

The Walt Disney Company specializes in entertainment production. If you like to think creatively, The Walt Disney Company may be a good choice for your mechanical engineering career. Disney encourages employees to create new ideas in entertainment such as new amusement park rides and experiences. The Walt Disney Company scores high in many areas including work happiness and employee appreciation.

Indeed rating: 4.0

Boeing, a leading aerospace company, produces airplane, space and defense technologies. Mechanical engineers work to design and refine these products. Employees rank Boeing as an above average company in many areas, including work happiness, compensation and learning opportunities.

Indeed Rating: 4.0

General Electric, a global manufacturing companies, hires mechanical engineers to produce and refine their systems and technologies. They hire mechanical engineers for research and production. GE scores above average in work happiness and employee energy, meaning many employees state feeling energized by the work they do.

Indeed rating: 4.0

If you are interested in technology, HP is another great tech company for mechanical engineers. HP offers several paths for mechanical engineers, including hardware, research or software engineering. Employees report feeling appreciated at HP and score the company highly in terms of flexibility and a sense of achievement.

Read more: 10 Jobs That Involve Technology

Indeed rating: 4.0

John Deere manufactures products and technologies focused on agriculture and global food production. At John Deere, mechanical engineers can work to manage manufacturing processes, such as designing an efficient assembly line, or they can design products, such as software or machines. Employees rank John Deere above average in learning opportunities and sense of purpose.

Indeed rating: 4.0

Lockheed Martin produces military equipment such as radar systems, aircrafts and missiles. They hire mechanical engineers to design, test and manufacture these products. Lockheed Martin has above average scores in work happiness, employee sense of achievement and learning opportunities.