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How to become a Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineer
avg. starting salary

Love taking things apart? Want to love Mondays? You should become a Mechanical Engineer… Mechanical Engineers design, develop, test and manufacture materials used to create machinery. The work of a Mechanical Engineer could range from building engine components and maintaining industrial equipment through to servicing robotic machinery or even designing computer chips. Although specific responsibilities vary, typical duties could include:
  • Planning and researching ideas on how to improve the performance of machine, or solve a particular problem
  • Using computer modelling programs to build plans
  • Carrying out surveys, creating blueprints and conducting tests on any prototypes made
  • Overseeing the manufacturing process of the whole project through to completion
  • Making sure all work meets legal requirements and health and safety standards

To become a Mechanical Engineer a methodical approach to your work is essential, as is a good understanding of key scientific and mathematic principles. If you enjoy working with your hands, and want to work in a highly technological field which could really benefit peoples lives, this might be the career for you. Other key skills and attributes necessary for Mechanical Engineers include:
    • Excellent critical thinking and problem solving skills
    • Creativity, and the ability to come up with innovative ideas
    • Self-motivation, drive, and able to work well within a team
    • Commercial awareness
    • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal


Mechanical Engineer

Up to £30,000

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Up to £40,000

Project Manager

Up to £45,000

"Mechanical Engineering is obviously a great industry to get into if you want to work in a technological and hands-on environment. However, what a lot of people don’t realise is just how much communication is involved, and how much interpersonal skills matter in this industry. If you like working on your own, this definitely isn’t the job for you – it’s all about team working, and using all the resources available to get the job done."

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