How to become a 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.

Personal requirements of a Mechanical Engineer

  • 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

Education & Training for a Mechanical Engineer

To become a mechanical engineer you usually have to complete a degree in engineering at university with a major in mechanical engineering. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, chemistry and physics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 0.4%

NSW 30%

NT 0.6%

QLD 18.4%

SA 5.1%

TAS 1.7%

VIC 32.4%

WA 11.4%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 92.6%

Female 7.4%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 5.6%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 4.3%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 17.7%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 54.1%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 18.4%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 33.8%

Above 35 years: 65.8%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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