Mechanical Engineering

A Mechanical Engineering career is ideal for people who like problem solving and excel in science and maths.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Like most other engineering jobs you will usually need a foundation degree, HNC/HND or degree in an engineering subject.

Job Description:

It is the development and design of components and machines that are used by manufacturing, construction, water, power, health and transport industries. The projects that mechanical engineer's are involved with can vary depending on the sector from developing medical products to improving the production process of oil refineries and designing services in buildings. 

Some general duties are: developing, testing and evaluating theoretical designs; considering cost, safety and time implications; and managing projects using engineering techniques; and much more.

Careers and Prospects:

For mechanical engineers, there are many job prospects. Some of these jobs are included in the fields of the: Aerospace industry, Automotive industry, Chemical industry, Construction industry, Electronics industry, Marine industry, Materials and metals industry, Pharmaceuticals industry, Rail industry, and Utilities industry.

You can, for example work in the power generation industry maintaining mechanical items such as steam or gas turbines, or coalmines and pipework. Another prospect is in the rail industry to track systems such as the overhead power lines.

Salary:

Mechanical Engineering salaries range depending on the position and how much experience they have from graduate levels to senior experience as annual start out salaries range around £22,000 - £26,000 while experienced professionals can earn around £30,000 - £50,000 or possibly more.

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