Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, June 17, 2016
The challenge in the field of mechanical engineering is that there are many candidates with this degree and many positions. Therefore, as a candidate, you need to identify things that will differentiate you from your talent competitors. There are many strong candidates who have this degree and a strong GPA, so it takes more to separate yourself. FIrst, it is important in your time in college that your establish and develop your leadership skills. Employers will be looking for candidates who have demonstrated leadership skills in some capacity. This could be with on-campus activities, community activities, church, or other activities. Also, employers looking at mechanical engineering candidates will likely want someone who is a hands on type of person who can build and repair things. This is hard to demonstrate, but it can be mentioned on your resume in an Other Interests section.