Independence, MO (population: 110,030) has eight mechanical engineering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Grand River Technical School, the highest ranked school in this group with a mechanical engineering program, has a total student population of 102. It is the 750th highest ranked school in the USA and the 15th highest in the state of Missouri (#1 is Webster University).
Mechanical Engineering students from Independence schools who go on to become mechanical engineers, mechanical design engineers, mechanical drafters, mechanical designers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 232,660 people working as mechanical engineers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $80,580. Also, Mechanical engineering technicians make on average $50,700 per year and there are about 43,580 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Kansas City-KS area alone, there are 280 employed mechanical engineering technicians earning an average salary of $61,480. Mechanical engineers in this area earn $77,000/yr and there are 2,520 employed.
Independence lies in Jackson county, which is one of the 39 counties in Missouri. Overall, the Kansas City-KS area has 988,100 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.8% unemployment rate, $20.79/hr average worker wage, and a $43,240 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.552 out of every 1000 jobs in Independence are held by mechanical engineers, and 0.280/1000 are held by mechanical engineering technicians.
Of the 8 mechanical engineering schools with a 100-mile radius of Independence, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Saline County Career Center comes out as the most expensive ($17,820/yr) for mechanical engineering students, with Grand River Technical School as the lowest, reported at only $5,563/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Independence|
|Blue Springs||MO||57,147||1||22.3674||5||6.5 miles|
|Kansas City||MO||454,520||32||15.0915||547||10.9 miles|
|North Kansas City||MO||-||1||17.668||0||11.7 miles|
|Lees Summit||MO||-||1||10.817||19||12.1 miles|
|Saint Joseph||MO||76,371||4||37.3685||160||52.7 miles|
|Fort Scott||KS||-||1||19.5238||38||88.6 miles|