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.
Duties & Tasks
Mechanical engineering associates may perform the following tasks:collect and analyse data, carry out complex calculations and prepare diagrams
organise and supervise the manufacture, operation and maintenance of plant machinery and equipment such as engines, air conditioners and other mechanical equipment
assemble and install new or altered mechanical equipment, parts, machine tools and controls, and help to construct, maintain and repair engineering machinery
perform or direct field or laboratory testing and analysis of results
estimate machinery requirements and material costs and quantities
produce designs, detailed drawings and documentation, manually or with the aid of computer-aided design (CAD), under the direction of mechanical engineers and technologists
make sure that designs and finished work comply with the required specifications, regulations and contracts
select tools and equipment
organise and supervise inspection and maintenance of machinery and plant.
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.
enjoy technical and engineering activities
interested in machinery design and application
able to identify, analyse and solve problems
good oral and written communication skills
aptitude for computing and design
practical and creative
able to work independently or as part of a team
able to accept responsibility.