Mechanical Engineer

Average Salary: £29,000 - £34,000
Competition: LOW
Years Experience: 1-4 years

Job Summary

We’ve come to a point in our society where a lot of products are built by machines. But who builds the machines that builds the products? Enter the Mechanical Engineer. This individual is responsible for the design, build, installation and maintenance of mechanical components and machinery, used in many industries. This including the manufacturing, construction, medical and automotive sectors, to name a few.

Duties

A Mechanical Engineer’s aim is to provide efficient mechanical solutions to processes and products, as to clients’ requirements. They achieve this by doing the following:

  • Liaising with clients and colleagues to determine project specifications
  • Using prior research to develop and implement design ideas
  • Testing and evaluating ideas, whilst presenting them to senior management and clients for approval
  • Overseeing the maintenance process and ensuring quality control
  • Analysing and producing reports based on results, identifying trends
  • Keeping up with new technical and industry developments

Key Skills & Characteristics

A Mechanical Engineer should:

  • Possess excellent listening, verbal and written skills
  • Have strong organisational, planning and time management skills
  • Be a problem solver whilst being creative
  • Have a good commercial awareness
  • Be thorough having an attention to detail

Entry Routes

For an individual looking to go into Mechanical Engineering, it’s a usual aspiration to become a Chartered Engineer. If this is the case, completing a degree or Masters must be accredited by a relevant professional body such as the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) or the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Obviously, completing a degree in a subject titled Mechanical Engineering would be the best choice, but other degrees such as Electromechanical Engineering still have some relevance to the career.

Relevant work experience, whether it be within your degree, internships or summer work placements, go a long way.

Job Progression

Junior Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineer

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Project Manager

Operations Manager

Operations Director

Advice From Our Experts

The Good

  • Variety – Projects are very rarely the same, which makes the job really interesting
  • Creative – The job allows you the freedom to create and find solutions yourself
  • Rewarding – To create something from your vision is very satisfying

The Bad

  • High Stress – Can be quite stressful when coming across inevitable problems and have to meet tight deadlines
  • Work Environment – At times you are stuck in front of computer for long hours, which can be frustrating
  • Updating Skills – To remain relevant you have make sure you update your skills, which can be quite often