Mechanical Engineer


Mechanical engineers plan, design and oversee the development, installation, operation and maintenance of machinery. They conduct research to solve practical engineering problems and improve efficiency.

Duties & Tasks

Mechanical engineers may perform the following tasks:

  • design new machines, equipment or systems, taking into account cost, availability of materials, and strength and maintenance requirements
  • consider the appearance of the designs as well as the impact on users and on the environment
  • carry out research on the use of different types of fuel and energy, materials handling, heating and cooling processes, the storage and pumping of liquids and gases, and environmental controls
  • use computer-aided design (CAD) to assist with design and drawing
  • design and construct resource development projects such as offshore platforms, onshore gas plants and iron ore mining facilities
  • supervise the operation of manufacturing process plants such as vehicle and electrical appliance production plants, coal handling installations, power stations, and sewerage and water supply pumping stations
  • specify, select and install factory machinery and production systems and manage machinery maintenance
  • set up work control systems (such as the testing of equipment) to ensure that performance, quality, cost and safety requirements are met
  • act as consultants, researching possible changes or improvements and estimating costs of products for clients.


Manufacturing Systems Engineer

A manufacturing systems engineer designs and improves systems and equipment that complete tasks accurately and change raw materials into products with minimal wastage of time, materials and energy.

Working Conditions

Mechanical engineers often work closely with other professionals (such as with architects in designing air conditioning plants), at times pooling expertise on particular projects.

Mechanical engineers may work in production plants, in offices and outdoors when involved in construction projects.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy technical and engineering activities
  • willing to adhere to safety requirements
  • able to identify, analyse and solve problems
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • enjoy computing and technical design
  • practical and creative
  • able to work independently or as part of a team
  • able to accept responsibility.

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