Mechanical Engineers (17-2141)

Occupation description:  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.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 324329 1.51 1011
United States 277,500292,100 5.31,460 8,79010,250

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with moderate employment opportunities. Read more.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 43.1726.1632.24 40.4851.1663.15
Alaska 66.5239.9346.97 59.0675.75*
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 70.1541.1449.88 62.9278.00*
Balance of State 57.9140.5744.01 49.4164.2286.72

* indicates the estimate is not available, or the hourly wage is greater than $100, or the annual wage is greater than $208,000.

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
39489 22.629.7 23.7
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation53
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation30
UI claimants previously working in occupation48
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 196
Number of job position postings 25
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 7.8

Alaska Licensing Information

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Mechanical Engineering Mas

University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Mechanical Engineering Bac
Mechanical Engineering Mas

Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Drafting with AutoCAD

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Engineer Shortage: Myth vs. Reality (November 1983)