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The Best Global Regions for Mechanical Engineers

Updated on May 10, 2016
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Ms. Inglish has 30 years of success in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, and aerospace education for Active USAF Civil Air Patrol.

The Work Of The ME

High Speed Rail in Germany.
High Speed Rail in Germany. | Source

Where Are The Best Jobs For Mechanical Engineers?

Our HubPages writer known to us as greathub requested information about where in the world to go for he best professional growth, highest salaries, and consistent high-demand status for the occupation of Mechanical Engineer. This is very interesting to consider, important to the development within many countries, and a vital question in global development.

I have authored scores of resume packages for recent graduates in mechanical or electric engineering and for experienced mechanical engineer s in America, in US military branches, in the military of other nations, and for both privately and publicly employed engineers in UAE (United Arab Emirates). Many opportunities are available in engineering within countries that are focused on these and related initiatives:

  1. Alternative Power Sources and the Green Movement with recycling and related industries,
  2. Nanotechnology and Biotechnology through 2050
  3. Transportation and Shipping
  4. The Aerospace Industry
  5. Drilling and Mining - especially in North Dakota, Ohio, and Pennsylvania in the US.
  6. Military and Defense
  7. Agriculture and Forestry
  8. Machine Tools

Modern engine.
Modern engine. | Source

The Work of a Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineers (MEs) can use their expertise to cross over into a number of other engineering fields, especially into

  • geological engineering and other jobs in
  • mining and drilling.

They are capable of crossing over into more divisions than any other engineers. However, MEs have some standard working procedures.

MEs research and then design, develop, manufacture, and test equipment, tools, engines, machines, and other items. They work on power-producing machines like generators, engines, and turbines, refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, machine tools, materiel systems, people movers, production equipment, and robots.

They also design tools that other engineers need. Further, they work in manufacturing and agriculture production, maintenance, or sales of technical goods as well as in other areas.

Such versatility mentioned above makes ME's and ME Technicians more likely than other engineers to experience greater opportunities for hire, professional growth, promotion, and top salaries.


Recent Global Comparisons

The online magazine named Just4Business published an article on June 15, 2008 stating that German based mechanical engineers are recognized globally for excellence.

In 2007, German exports of equipment and machines increased by nearly 11%, placing Germany at the top of the global list of machines and equipment exporters, continuing into the 2010s (per the German Association for Mechanical and Plant Engineering [VDMA]). German export of mechanical engineering products has continually increased in the 21st Century.

This suggests that Germany is the Number One country in the world for mechanical engineering opportunities and growth as well as related exports. The United States of America is Number Two for such exports. Japan is Number 3 and Italy is Number 4. China is Number 5 in exports of mechanically engineered products.

However, UAE seems to be leading in the manufacture of engines of all types, especially in aircraft, spacecraft, and ground transportation and shipping, for use in its own region of world as well as for export.

Best Top Opportunities for Mechanical Engineering Professionals Globally 2010 - 2020:

  1. Germany
  2. USA/America - Bakken oil field in North Dakota, Ohio oil field, Pennsylvania oil field
  3. UAE & surrounding region
  4. Japan
  5. Italy
  6. China

However, it can logically be concluded that if America is successful in electing a President in 2008 from the Democratic Party, then alternative energy sources will become more important to the global and US economy and to mechanical engineers (MEs) as a decline in military expenditures in Iraq and related mechanically engineered products used there manifests.

Opportunities for MEs would seem to drop initially, but would likely increase after that initial drop in the USA as the focus would be placed more heavily onto alternative energy and transportation choices and Going Green overall. Under a Republican Administration, there would be some shift to alternative energy.

Salaries are likely to remain higher among the leading countries of this list as well: Germany, USA, and UAE.


Types of ME Products Govern Opportunity Lcoations

The USA is the largest exporter of mining machinery and equipment, while Japan is the top producer of productronics - production equipment for the electronics industry. Italy leads in machines and equipment for the roller and metallurgical plant business,

The Chinese leads in safes, firefighting equipment, welding technology equipment, controls and related equipment, ventilation equipment, and elevators, escalators, and other "people movers."

Germany maintains its lead in a total of 18 out of 33 ME divsions, including purification systems, printing/paper technologies, oil-hydraulic and pneumatic components for fluidics, and others.

As stated above, UAE seems to be doing a big business in large scale engines.

Steam engine
Steam engine | Source

Job Search Tips

Work with your college placement office, if you are a recent graduate of a Mechanical Engineering program and use their assistance in finding you a well-paying job. For countries outside your own, access specifically-dedicated Engineering job search boards online and examine the jobs available therein. This will give you an idea of salary ranges that can be earned.

For MEs already in the workplace that wish to move out of their countries for better opportunities, contact your supervisor and the Human Resources Department of your employer for assistance. In addition, contact the embassies in your own country for those nations in which you are interested for their guidance and advice. 

Best of success to all Mechanical Engineers in the 21st Century! The future may depend upon you.

© 2008 Patty Inglish MS


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      kirshna - I don't have the information concerning those questions for Germany, but you might try phoning or emailing your country's Embassy in Berlin and asking your questions.

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      8 years ago

      thanks for the info..

      i want to do my masters in germany..

      can u give me the information about the leading specialisations in mechanical....where the oppurtunities and pay grade are high.........

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      8 years ago

      Thanks Very Much .. I am interested

    • greathub profile image


      11 years ago from Earth

      ok thanks

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Hi greathub -

      I used a text capsule and when you reduce the text capsule to half-size by using an arrow to to move it to the right-hand column, the next time you open it, it gives you the option of making it blue or light gray.

    • greathub profile image


      11 years ago from Earth

      Hi Patty

      How did you do this:

      ME Associations and Job LinksVDMA: German Mechanical Engineering Industry2028 Vision for Mechanical EngineeringMechanical Engineering Associations in America

      I mean how did you place a gray background with links and a photo all in one capsule?

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      In the Arab world and the Middle East overall, this seems to be true, greathub, and Germany likley has many related installations and facilities in that region. Aircraft engines and other large engines would provide high income jobs as well, although a bit under "oil" jobs in the same region. I do not have access to actual salary levels, but they would likely be hgiher than in the US.

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      11 years ago from Earth

      Thank you!

      A great hub indeed!

      Germans are known for their thorough engineering. I have been thinking about heading to Germany for my Masters. I will graduate this December. It is said that jobs related to oil industry (exploration, refining or anything related to oil) are the highest paying jobs. Would you please elaborate and verify that this is true?



    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Great, Kahed Asif! My best wishes to her and to you!

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      Khaled Asif / Free As A Bird 

      11 years ago

      Thanks again indeed Patty, this hub will definitely help my friend Tanuja, who's a resident of Bangladesh, presently studying for her PHD (ME) in Canada.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks! MEs are more versatile than I realized. My father was a mechanical and electrical engineer, so I got to see some of it first hand - especially mining machinery.

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      rodney southern 

      11 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      very interesting as usual. Well done!


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