Last edited 17 Aug 2017

Mechanical engineer

Mechanical engineers develop processes and products ranging from small mechanical components to large plant, machinery and vehicles. They are involved in all stages of the project life cycle from design through to testing and final manufacture.

Mechanical engineers may be employed by a variety of sectors including:

Mechanical engineers work on a variety of projects from research and development into products, to improving industrial production systems, and designing services in buildings.

The typical activities of mechanical engineers might include:

Mechanical engineers require technical expertise and often, project management skills and commercial awareness.

Generally a degree is required in an engineering discipline such as:

A relevant professional body will support career progression, such as the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) or the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. In order to become a chartered engineer (CEng), postgraduate qualifications are often required. It is possible to become an incorporated engineer (IEng) with a degree level qualification.

To see some of the modules studied as part of an engineering degree course, see Construction engineering management course essentials.

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