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Mechanical Engineer Career

This section is to help guide you if you are considering a career as a Mechanical Engineer describing career progression, skills and salaries.

Would this role suit me?

If you are a methodical person with strong mathematical ability then this role could be for you. It is a practical and highly technical role that requires a degree or masters in engineering to get started. Many employers will also accept other qualifications if joined with experience. You will excel in this role if you:

  • Have strong critical thinking skills
  • Find it easy to come up with creative ideas
  • Can motivate yourself and also work well in a team
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Have strong commercial awareness

What kind of tasks could I be doing?

This varied role looks after the design, testing and manufacturing of machinery materials. It could involve the building of components for an engine, maintaining all kinds of industrial equipment, designing computer chips or working with robotic machinery. Your duties could include:

  • Determining how mechanical and thermal devices might help solve a problem
  • Through the use of analysis and computer aided design you will design or redesign mechanical and thermal devices or subsystems. You could use computer technology to run simulations and test how a machine is likely to work, interact with connected systems and generate specifications for parts.
  • Following design you will develop and test those designs by building prototypes
  • Oversee the manufacturing process for that design

What type of design work are Mechanical Engineer’s involved in?

A Mechanical Engineer’s role covers a whole host of design work. Projects could include the design of:

  • Power-producing machines e.g. electric generators, internal combustion engines, steam & gas turbines.
  • Power-using machines e.g. refrigeration and air-conditioning systems.
  • Buildings inside such as elevators and escalators.
  • Material-handling systems such as conveyor systems and automated transfer stations.

Progression and salary expectations

When starting to work as a Mechanical Engineer you might be on a salary of £20,000 but with experience it could rise to £40,000. In a senior role your salary could even rise to £70,000 depending on location. Many Mechanical Engineers go on to become either Project Engineers or Project Managers, giving them lots of scope for career progression.

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Jobs

  1. Mechanical Engineer

    080737

    Area: Gloucester

    Sector: Nuclear

    Salary: Negotiable

  2. Mechanical Engineer

    080698

    Area: Plymouth

    Sector: Aerospace & Defence

    Salary: Negotiable

  3. Nuclear Engineer

    080577

    Area: Derby

    Sector: Nuclear

    Salary: Negotiable

  4. Principal Renewables Engineer

    080575

    Area: Bristol

    Sector: Power

    Salary: Negotiable

  5. Structural Integrity Engineer

    080580

    Area: Derby

    Sector: Nuclear

    Salary: Negotiable

  6. Nuclear Design Verification Engineer

    080540

    Area: UK

    Sector: Nuclear

    Salary: Negotiable

  7. Lead Design Engineer

    080524

    Area: UK

    Sector: Product Design

    Salary: £35k - 43k per year + benefits

  8. Principal Materials Handling Engineer

    080429

    Area: Surrey

    Sector: Power

    Salary: Market related

  9. Senior Mechanical Engineer

    080448

    Area: Surrey

    Sector: Nuclear

    Salary: Negotiable

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