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   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 347351 1.27 1522
United States 288,800314,100 8.86,100 12,50021,130

Job outlook

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

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 44.9727.4733.79 42.5153.8466.36
Alaska 49.6928.7738.72 49.2961.1274.65
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 51.2732.2440.36 50.5862.0175.17
Fairbanks North Star Borough 48.0633.5840.48 47.2253.4566.33
Balance of State 46.9420.1530.98 47.6560.9475.43

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
36390 24.833.3 25.3
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation64
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation42
UI claimants previously working in occupation59
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 249
Number of job position postings 12
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 20.8

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 and Electrical Engineer Consortium BS
Mechanical Engineering MS

University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Mechanical Engineering BS
Mechanical Engineering MS

Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Drafting with AutoCAD

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Engineer Shortage: Myth vs. Reality (November 1983)