December 6, 2019

Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineer majors have one thing in common.  There are no mental slouches in that part of the campus.  Mechanical Engineers are some of the most intelligent, analytical, and especially driven people in the entire university.  Of course, one of the biggest reasons for that is because Mechanical Engineers have positioned themselves that way on purpose.  Consider the opportunities that are afforded the 3.0 engineering student:

  • You will be able to find job after job after you graduate.
  • You will be able to find high paying scholarships on virtually any campus that provides an engineering program.
  • Any job you find will have an excellent salary.


Careers For Engineers

Engineers are going to make a pretty penny with their careers.  Just starting out, they make about $60,000.  That is actually the same salary as a public school teacher in his or her tenth year of teaching.  Engineers don’t even need to be unionized in order to find some of the most lucrative salaries.  One of the reasons for that is not only does the private economy desperately need them, but they always receive government contracts.

Speaking of government opportunities, do you know what is the most valuable asset our technology driven military has at their disposal?  Engineers.

In fact, the US Military offers massive sums of money in not just high paying officer positions, but with that, they will pay for over three-quarters of your degree.  With that kind of payout, and the promise of a great career with an excellent benefit package, the smart engineer might consider it a possibility.


Private Scholarships

Of course, the military option is not for everyone.  Have no fear, because there are no short of a few scholarships from private charitable organizations and other firms, and those don’t even include those sponsored directly from the university or college itself.

That is one of the most prevalent of all benefits about an engineering degree:  It is the opportunities to find huge sums of money virtually anywhere you turn.  If you make it a practice to keep your eyes open for these scholarships, then you will not have to foot the entire, expensive college bill.

Your greatest asset will be the college that you go to.  Some colleges are not completely set up for an engineering program (though many often have them.)  These may only serve to hinder you, so make sure that you go to college that has a renowned program with ample scholarship opportunities.  Believe me, tuition is not cheap.


Examples of What To Look For

Here are a few examples of scholarships that are both college sponsored, but also private organization secured.  Also, it will give you an idea of just how comprehensive you can cover your college expenses.  It is important that you take advantage of these, as $60,000 a year to start may still not provide enough comfort if you have over $80,000 in college debt.

West Virginia University Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department offers students in the mechanical engineering major nearly two-dozen scholarships. Among them:

  • Amelia Earhart Scholarship Award for Women is given to an outstanding graduate level female student in the department.
  • The Hansen Inc. Scholarship awards $800 to students in their third or fourth year of undergraduate studies or their graduate program.

Also, take a look at these professionally sponsored scholarships.  These may not only provide you with cash to get through school, but you’ll have a great job on the other side.

  • Daimler-Chrysler funds a scholarship for mechanical engineering students with a demonstrated talent in the major and high academic scores.
  • Ford Motor Company scholarships go to Hispanic students in mechanical engineering. Applicants must have GPAs of at least 3.0.
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation rewards those mechanical engineering students who are at the top of their class academically.
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation scholarships are awarded to students with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • Shaw Industries scholarships are available to those students attending mechanical engineering programs in the Southeast region of the U.S.