Mechanical engineers plan, design and oversee the development, installation, operation and maintenance of machinery. They conduct research to solve practical engineering problems and to improve efficiency.
Mechanical engineers may…
Mechanical engineers may specialise in areas such as production, plant and maintenance, research and development and engineering design. A mechanical engineer may also specialise as a Manufacturing Systems Engineer who designs and improves systems and equipment that complete tasks accurately and change raw materials into products with the smallest wastage of time, materials and energy.
Mechanical engineers frequently work closely with other professionals, at times pooling expertise on particular projects.
Mechanical engineers may work in production plants, in engineering design offices , and outdoors when involved in construction projects.
Mechanical engineers may work in private engineering firms and in manufacturing and processing, and the minerals building and construction, and power industries. Some are employed by consultancy firms while others are self-employed.
A Diploma of Engineering (Technical) will usually enable you to work as a mechanical engineering technician, and as an associate technologist with an Advanced Diploma of Engineering . To become a mechanical engineer you will usually have to complete a Degree. Of course, with further training and experience you can continue to progress along a career pathway that could see you in senior management positions.
Mechanical engineering graduates may be eligible for membership of Engineers Australia.
Earnings, Job and Employment Prospects
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