Mechanical Engineer

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    Mechanical engineers produce specifications for, design, develop, manufacture and install new or modified mechanical components or systems.

    Most industries rely on a form of mechanical systems and mechanical engineering is thought to be one of the most diverse of all engineering disciplines. Due to this, there are employment opportunities in a range of sectors, including:

    • aerospace
    • automotive
    • biomedical
    • construction
    • manufacturing
    • power
    • railway.

    Mechanical engineers can be involved in the management of people, projects and resources, as well as the development and use of new materials and technologies.

     

    Duties

    • assessing project requirements
    • measuring the performance of mechanical components, devices and engines
    • agreeing budgets, timescales and specifications with clients and managers
    • maintaining and modifying equipment to ensure that it is safe, reliable and efficient
    • using computer-aided design/modelling software
    • liaising with suppliers
    • undertaking relevant research
    • producing and implementing designs and test procedures
    • presenting designs to managers and clients
    • testing, evaluating, modifying and re-testing products
    • writing reports and documentation
    • providing technical advice
    • analyzing and interpreting data.

     

    Qualifications

    To get into mechanical engineering you will usually be required to have a degree or a diploma. Relevant subjects include:

    • agricultural engineering
    • computer-aided engineering
    • engineering science
    • manufacturing engineering
    • mechanical engineering

    You could become an engineering technician without a degree, diploma or foundation degree but would need to build up the necessary skills and knowledge, and possibly take higher qualifications, to work up to the role of mechanical engineer.

     

    Skills

    • a high level of technical and scientific knowledge and the ability to apply this knowledge to practical problems
    • good oral communication skills and confidence in dealing with a range of people, including clients, contractors, designers, directors and plant operators
    • precise and concise written communication skills
    • the ability to work well within a team
    • IT skills, particularly computer-aided design
    • creative ability
    • the ability to work under pressure
    • organizational skills, such as time and resource planning.

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