What You Do

Acoustical Engineers apply scientific knowledge of sound and vibration for a variety of technological purposes. This career is an option for all mechanical engineers and mainly concerns the design, analysis, and control of sound as it applies to diverse situations.

In oceans technology, acoustics are used by engineers to measure and record sounds within the ocean. Acoustics can be used for a variety of tasks such as researching and improving our knowledge on the effects of noise on aquatic life, to locate objects underwater such as marine species, fish stocks, and marine vessels, and to explore mineral deposits in sea beds quickly and efficiently.

What You Need

  • An interest in the principles of sound and vibration
  • Inclined in both science and mathematics
  • Enjoy analyzing and solving engineering problems
  • The ability to concentrate on work with high levels of focus and patience
  • The ability to properly use sound measuring equipment such as transducers
  • The ability to work with other professionals as a team
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Excellent manual dexterity and hearing abilities

Acoustical engineers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Conduct research into the feasibility, design, operation, and performance of mechanisms, components, and systems
  • Analyze dynamics and vibrations of mechanical systems and structures
  • Develop maintenance standards, schedules, and programs
  • Investigate mechanical failures or maintenance problems
  • Supervise technicians, technologists, and other engineers
  • Review and approve designs, calculations, and cost estimates


  • Work Type: Full-time or self-employed
  • Most Employees Have: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Certification: Professional Engineer Certificate
  • Job Availability: Good