Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Engineering Brains Behind Our Mechanical Brawn

To build your own talking 18-wheeler (like the one from the summer blockbuster Transformers 2), you would need the skills of a mechanical engineer, preferably one well versed in unearthly ray gun technology.

Mechanical engineers do many different things, including research and design machines. They can work to develop transportation systems like elevators or escalators

To work in this occupation, people generally need a Bachelor's degree, and the average wage for such workers in 2008 was $75,000 a year. More than half of Oregon's mechanical engineers work in manufacturing.

Wondering about the future employment possibilities in this occupation? Well, it's projected to at about 10% from 2006 to 2016. This is slower than the statewide average (14%), but faster than the national average.

To find out more, check out the full article by our resident comedian, Jason M. Payton.
(P.S. No one knows what that M stands for, but there are many possible adjectives. Also, it's Jason's birthday this month, so feel free to wish him a good one:

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