MECHANICAL ENGINEERS
CAREER R&D

ARE YOU TRULY HAPPY AT WORK? AND IF NOT, DO YOU KNOW WHAT'S MISSING?

Aerotek surveyed 150 mechanical engineers to see what really matters to their satisfaction.
 

Drawing from the insights of our long-term mechanical engineering recruiters, we identified 23 areas instrumental to career enjoyment and surveyed mechanical engineers to find out which factors mattered most and how they correlated with satisfaction.  

In addition to our research, we dove into 15 key areas based on their importance to respondents. Explore our insights into how these factors influence your peers’ satisfaction, and where and how to achieve them.

 

Sense of autonomy

No matter how exciting your work is, you won't be happy without some degree of control over your projects and working conditions.

Clear expectations for work

Would you be more successful at your job if you had more clarity on what you’re expected to deliver?

compensation

Does higher compensation really matter to your satisfaction?

opportunities for growth

One surprising key to better career opportunities? How well you establish and foster new relationships.

ideas taken seriously

How often does your manager ask for your thoughts on a project?

work contributes to company success

Do you need to feel like your work makes a difference at your company?

job security

Job security and career satisfaction are closely related. With a little initiative, you can take improve both.

performance evaluations

If you're not getting constructive feedback, you're at a disadvantage in your career.

Reliable Peers

Advance your engineering career by fostering meaningful relationships with peers you can trust.

skill development

Focus on key skill development areas and identify your marketable soft skills.

Company and Job stability

Find stability with a new company or take steps to secure your current position.

Transparency

Engineers who can trust their employer experience a significantly higher level of career satisfaction.

PERSONAL VALUES ALIGNMENT

What would you be willing to give up to work for a company whose mission aligns with your personal values?

Recognition for work

Most engineers don't expect formal recognition. But give an engineer proper credit and watch them smile.

Manager Cares About you

There’s nothing more important than a manager who sets you up for success.