|Engineering Mechanical Trades
Mechanical engineering tradespersons carry out a range of mechanical work on machines, sub-assemblies and manufactured parts using a range of processes, tools and machines.
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Mechanical engineering tradespersons are employed by engineering workshops, boat and ship builders and manufacturing firms . Locksmiths and gunsmiths are employed by locksmithing and security firms or are sometimes self-employed. Most mechanical engineering tradespersons usually work in workshops or production areas that can be noisy, and - or hot and - or dusty. They may spend most of their day standing and often need to bend, crouch or climb. Mechanical engineering tradespersons must be aware of safety regulations and wear protective equipment (for example, ear muffs, eye and other body protection to minimise the risk of injury in the workplace).
You can sometimes work as a mechanical engineering worker without undertaking any formal training or qualifications however some employers will prefer that you do. To work as a CNC operator or an equipment maintainer or repairer you will usually require a Certificate II in Engineering.
With experience, and possibly some further training, mechanical engineering workers may become a mechanical engineering tradesperson. This will usually require a Certificate III in Engineering (Mechanical Trade).
With further study and experience, competent mechanical engineering tradespeople can upgrade their qualifications to the work as technician, supervisor or draftsperson ( Certificate IV in Engineering). Further steps include occupations such as CNC robotic cell designer, mechatronics technician, systems, mechatronics or CAM (computer aided machine) designer (Diploma of Engineering (Advanced Trade), and engineering associate or para-professional (Advanced Diploma of Engineering). It is always possible that you can end up in a number of senior management positions.
Earnings, Job and Employment Prospects
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