Sweetwater has a total population of 11,415 and a student population of 1,689. Of these students, 1,689 are enrolled in schools that offer mechanical engineering programs.
Sweetwater's largest mechanical engineering school is Texas State Technical College-West Texas. In 2010, Texas State Technical College-West Texas graduated approximately 79 students from its mechanical engineering program.
In 2010, 79 students graduated with a mechanical engineering degree in Sweetwater. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $16,335 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Sweetwater mechanical engineering schools was an average of $20,691 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,641 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a mechanical engineering program in Sweetwater. And if you live on campus at one of the Sweetwater-based mechanical engineering schools, you will have an added expense of $6,900 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $9,435.
If you decide to work as a mechanical engineer in Sweetwater, your job prospects are good. In 2010, of the 4,960 mechanical engineers in Texas, 150 were working in the greater Sweetwater area. Sweetwater's mechanical engineer workforce is projected to increase by 13% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for mechanical engineers.
As a mechanical engineer in Sweetwater, you can expect to make an average salary of $65,870 per year. This is lower than the average salary for mechanical engineers in the state.