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Author

Sustainability Ambassadors

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Engineering, Career Skills

Resource Type

  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States

Format

PDF

Mechanical Engineer

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Synopsis
  • This article explores the job responsibilities of a Senior Mechanical Engineer, the skills required to excel at this position, and how this occupation relates to climate change and green solutions.
  • Students will learn that project management is a big aspect of this role, organizational skills and interdisciplinary engineering knowledge are must-haves for this position, and Senior Mechanical Engineers are part of the solution for building eco-friendly buildings that have a lower carbon footprint.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Most of this article's information comes directly from a Senior Mechanical Engineer.
  • This article does a good job of stressing the importance of the humanities and STEM.

Additional Prerequisites

  • It may be useful if students know the difference between soft skills and technical skills.
  • It may be beneficial if students already know about LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and what they do.

Differentiation

  • This resource pairs well with the Building Retrofitting article. Students can read both for a more complete picture of the work in this field.
  • To assess prior knowledge, the teacher can ask the class questions about mechanical engineering before reading the article.
  • This article can support a classroom discussion where students consider the energy efficiency of their own homes.
  • Students can discuss the connection between sustainability and building construction and research living buildings, which were mentioned by the interviewee.
Scientist Notes
This green career website underscores the importance of mechanical engineers and encourages young people, particularly women, to pursue careers in the field.
Standards

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Science
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-3. Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-7. Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
  • Career Readiness, Life Literacies, & Key Skills
    • Career Awareness, Exploration, Preparation, and Training
      • 9.2.12.CAP.4: Evaluate different careers and develop various plans (e.g., costs of public, private, training schools) and timetables for achieving them, including educational/training requirements, costs, loans, and debt repayment.
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