/ Asked by Abhishek
What are some skills employers want to see when hiring for a Mechanical Engineering position?
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.
Answered by Amanda, Hiring Expert at Daikin Applied, on Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Tagging on from the other feedback, it's important to highlight on your resume that skills you've learned and also have had experience with in Internships or Co-Ops.  Depending on the field you are trying to enter, review the job postings and ensure your resume is matching to what they are seeking.  If it doesn't reflect it on your resume, you may want to do some tweaking.  Employers are looking for new grads with the drive to learn and develop themselves. 


Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at The Hershey Company, on Thursday, June 23, 2016
Great question! I would recommend to start researching companies you are interested in that hire for Mechanical Engineers and take a good look at their job description. This will help you get a better idea of what they are looking for in a candidate. As a recruiter I always like to see candidates who held internships or co-ops. Also, someone who is involved on campus, leadership or any volunteering experience. These are all things that will make you stand out from other candidates. Make sure when you start applying to tailor your resume. Recruiters look for key words and if you have experience they are looking for make sure to highlight in your resume. Best of luck!
Answered by Megan, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, June 28, 2016
If you are applying for a Production Engineer position (which often hires Mechanical Engineers), employers will like to know that you are hands-on and not expecting an 8 hour/day desk-type position. They will also want to see that you work well with others. If you have had some type of safety training, this would also be good to bring up in the interview.
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