Portland has a total population of 64,249 and a student population of 10,424. Of these students, 9,655 are enrolled in schools that offer mechanical engineering programs.
University of Southern Maine is the largest mechanical engineering school in Portland, based on student population. In 2010, University of Southern Maine graduated approximately 9 students from its mechanical engineering program.
In 2010, 9 students graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from one of Portland's mechanical engineering schools. If you decide to attend one of Portland's mechanical engineering schools, you can expect to pay an average of $23,446 per year in instate tuition and $35,656 per year in out of state tuition.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,200 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a mechanical engineering program in Portland. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $9,120 per year, on average, for room and board at Portland-based mechanical engineering schools. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $13,002.
After graduating with your credentials in mechanical engineering, if you decide to work as a mechanical engineer in Portland, your job prospects are not very good. In 2010, there were 660 mechanical engineers in Maine. Of these mechanical engineers, 330 were working in the greater Portland area. The number of mechanical engineers in Portland is expected to increase by 2% by the year 2018. This projected change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for mechanical engineers.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a mechanical engineer in Portland is $79,510 per year. This is higher than the state-wide average salary for mechanical engineers.