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.
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.