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 requirementsconsider the appearance of the designs as well as the impact on users and on the environmentcarry 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 controlsuse computer-aided design (CAD) to assist with design and drawingdesign and construct resource development projects such as offshore platforms, onshore gas plants and iron ore mining facilitiessupervise 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 stationsspecify, select and install factory machinery and production systems and manage machinery maintenanceset up work control systems (such as the testing of equipment) to ensure that performance, quality, cost and safety requirements are metact as consultants, researching possible changes or improvements and estimating costs of products for clients.
Mechanical engineers often work closely with other professionals (such as with architects in designing air conditioning plants), at times pooling expertise on particular projects.par Mechanical engineers may work in production plants, in offices and outdoors when involved in construction projects.
- 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.