Mechanical engineering associates assist mechanical engineers and engineering technologists with the design, manufacture, construction, operation and maintenance of machines, manufacturing equipment, mechanical installations and mechanical facilities. They usually have a range of duties carried out under the direction of mechanical engineers and engineering technologists.
To become a mechanical engineering associate you usually have to complete a VET qualification in engineering - technical or mechanical engineering technology. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.
Mechanical engineering associates may perform the following tasks:
Mechanical engineering associates work in offices, technical laboratories, workshops or on site. They work in teams, usually reporting to engineers or technologists, supervising technicians and tradespeople.
Mechanical engineering associates are employed in the manufacturing industry as well as by architectural and technical (engineering consultancy) services, and in the electricity, gas, water and minerals industries. Most work is located in metropolitan areas. Firms vary in size from small operations to large government enterprises. Many people in this occupation work on a contract basis and can be very mobile. A major area of employment is engineering drafting. There are opportunities for promotion to positions managing design teams or whole drawing offices. With ability and the completion of further courses of study, associates may diversify into other areas of production engineering and/or management. With further training and experience, it is possible to become a fully qualified engineer.