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Mechanical Engineering Jobs: How to get one and what they entail?

Mechanical engineering jobs are a great way to find meaningful work and make good money. This blog post will cover what you need to know about finding the right job, how much it pays, and what the day-to-day looks like.

1) What is mechanical engineering?

Mechanical engineers design or develop machines that use moving parts to change energy in one form into another. They also work on anything from cars to airplanes!

Mechanical engineers learn how to run tests in a lab and apply the results to their designs. They also need problem-solving skills that help them figure out solutions when things go wrong, or they are designing something new.

Mechanical engineers also use computers to design and build things. They use programs that help make sure their designs will work, and fix them if they don’t.

If you are interested in applying for the job of mechanical engineer, you need an engineering degree from a college or university. Mechanical engineering is one of the highest paying jobs available right now! This is because it requires so much training, education, and experience to become qualified.

A mechanical engineer can earn between £30,000 and £120,000 a year! They work in different fields and industries that all have different pay levels.

2) What are some of the most common types of mechanical engineering jobs?

Mechanical engineers can design and build anything that needs moving parts to work. This includes things like cars, trains, airplanes, or even musical instruments! Here are a few examples of different kinds of mechanical engineer jobs:

Airplane Mechanic – As an airplane mechanic you will work on planes and make sure they are safe for passengers to use. You might also be responsible for looking after engines and making repairs.

Automotive Engineer – A car is a very complex machine where every part depends on others working properly in order for the whole thing to run smoothly. An automotive engineer makes sure it all works as expected before selling a vehicle to customers. In this job, you will be responsible for designing and building new cars.

Automotive Designer – The automotive industry needs tons of designers to come up with new car models that people want to buy. You can work on the smaller details like colors or other cosmetic things, or focus on the bigger parts like engines and transmissions. You will need a detailed understanding of how machines work and run in order to design something that is useful but also pretty!

CAD Operator – CAD operators use computer programs called Computer-Aided Design (CAD) programs, to create designs for manufacturers. They help mechanical engineers make sure they have all the tools and equipment they will need, before starting their jobs.

3) What education do you need?

In order to become a mechanical engineer, you need an engineering degree from a college or university. You usually have to study for at least 4 years in order to get the necessary training and education.

A bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering will teach you everything you need to know about how machines work. It will also show employers that you are capable of handling complex projects and can keep up with advancements in technology. Some degrees allow students to specialize in a certain field like biomedical engineering. Biomedical engineers are responsible for designing medical devices!

You might also want to consider getting a master’s or PhD if your career plans involve research or teaching other people about science. If this is the case, you need advanced knowledge of physics and math (like calculus This program uses math to solve problems that involve force and motion.). You will also need strong communication skills so you can teach other people how you solved a problem.

4) Do you have to be licensed or certified in order for it to count as a job?

 No! Mechanical engineers are not required to become licensed or certified in order to practice the job, but it is very common for engineers who want to work with professional engineering organizations to take exams and get certifications. These tests let employers know that an engineer has advanced knowledge about their craft, which means they are more likely to produce high quality results on a project. It can also help them advance faster up the career ladder because they have greater knowledge and skills than other engineers.

5) What kinds of projects do mechanical engineers work on?

 Mechanical engineers are responsible for making sure that machines run the way they were designed. They design different parts of devices, look at how things could be improved, and test out machines to make sure they are safe and reliable before selling them to customers. Below is an example of a project that you might find in a job where you need to use your mechanical engineering skills:

Imagine you have been hired by a company that makes motorized skateboards . In order for their product to work properly, you must design the board’s body so it can travel smoothly over curbs or bumps in the road without slowing down too much or toppling over. The goal is to have enough weight distributed evenly throughout the board so it can run fast and smooth .

The first thing you would do is use a computer program called CAD to create a model of the skateboard body. You also need to think about how the motor will affect the movement of the skateboard, so you might want to take apart some old boards and see how their motors are set up. Next, you would probably test out your design using a real board with an electric motor inside it. You could go as far as testing your design in a wind tunnel or on a big track (with someone on it!) to make sure it’s aerodynamic enough for people who like going fast! 

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6) How much money does a mechanical engineer make UK?  What is the average salary for this job?

Mechanical Engineers in the UK earn an average salary of £34k . This number varies greatly depending on factors like your employer’s industry and how much experience you have under your belt. For example engineers working at engineering consultancy firms typically command a higher salary with a mean salary of £37k, while mechanical engineers employed by automotive manufacturers or aerospace companies are likely to earn less at just £32k. 

7) What does it take to become one?  What kind of education and training is required?  Is there any on-the-job training?

Engineers will study math , physics , and chemistry in school. They must also be good at reading blueprints (plans that show how things should look or work) because they use these plans to create models based on their designs . Engineers might need to design the layout of an entire building before installing windows, walls, plumbing and other important details. Some mechanical engineering jobs involve a lot of paperwork! That’s why people in this field need to have strong reading , writing, and computer skills.

8) What are some of the job responsibilities?  

Mechanical engineers work on a very broad range of projects, which is one reason why they enjoy their jobs so much . They love taking problems apart and figuring out creative ways to solve them by using science, technology and math! Some of their responsibilities include:

Designing machines for different industries such as medical equipment manufacturing, military aircraft technicians, industrial robotics experts or agricultural processing machinery manufacturers.

Working on small machines like car engines and gas turbines to help the environment.

Testing finished products in a laboratory or at client sites.

Communicating technical information such as engineering drawings, performance reports, problem resolutions to non-technical clients and contractors.

9) What are the duties of a mechanical engineer?

A mechanical engineer’s job is similar to that of an electrical engineer in the sense that they need to design various products. However, instead of dealing with the software or programming side of things, a mechanical engineer is more concerned with planning out how a machine should work and designing it accordingly.

Mechanical engineers often receive initial training in a technical discipline like thermodynamics , materials science , biomechanics or automotive engineering . They then select specializations within these disciplines such as energy conversion technology , thermal systems and manufacturing processes . Some also choose broader specialties such as mechanical design (including solid modelling ) and process control (including HVAC). 

10) What kind of personality traits/skills are required for this ‘engineering’ job?  

Someone who is calm under pressure, yet can also be persistent enough to properly research a problem and execute a plan. Many outside-the-box thinkers are drawn to engineering professions because they like working with or building things. 

11) What kind of hours do ‘mechanical engineers’ work?  Are there any risks/disadvantages for the job?

One big disadvantage for mechanical engineers is their jobs can often include long hours spent in front of computers using blueprints and complex 3D modelling programs. However, you might find that some positions allow you to travel around more or provide on-site lodging at client sites. Most careers as mechanical engineer will see you working 40 Hour weeks .  

12) What are some examples of the ‘tools’ used in this job?  

CAD software, drafting tools, computer-aided design tools, and personal computers. Sometimes mechanical engineers use sophisticated equipment such as lasers, linear motors, or rapid prototyping machines. 

13) Is it possible to pursue a career in this field with just an undergraduate degree/diploma?  Or does an advanced/masters degree help for say getting into research jobs?

An undergraduate degree is sufficient to gain employment as a mechanical engineer. To work on more complex projects you might be required to complete an engineering research program and have experience prior working as a technician. Many engineering management positions require master’s degrees or even doctorates, though a bachelor’s may suffice depending upon the company specifications. 

14) Is there any risk if you don’t have a bachelor’s/masters?  Is it possible to do well/find projects in the earlier stages of your career?  

If you’re only an undergraduate it may be tough to find positions for higher-level mechanical jobs. However, you can start out as a technician and work your way up to junior engineer or senior engineer positions. This path will allow you more control over projects, lead time for job completion and the opportunity to participate in R&D initiatives .  

15) What are the opportunities available at the top of career ladder?

Many engineers aspire to become managers and CEOs one day. If you manage a team, chances are you’ll be required to have either an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering or a related field. So far we’ve been talking about technical positions, but there are many careers within this field outside of research and development that don’t require specialized training like instructor (at community colleges) , patent agent (legal representative for an inventor) or technical writer .

16) What skills are required when you think of the ‘career ladder’?  I.e. having a PhD, going into research and development or maintaining engineering jobs.  

A doctoral degree will be valuable if you aspire to become an R&D engineer, professor, president or CEO . A strong understanding of your subject matter will aid you in acquiring grants, supervising projects and participating in leadership roles. When it comes to on-the-job experience , hands-on training (rather than just lectures and textbooks) may help you understand how to work with engineers from all disciplines. 

17) Is there anything else that might be useful for me to know during my search for these jobs?

Industry engineers are always looking for qualified individuals to join their teams. The path to employment as a mechanical engineer is simple:  earn an engineering qualification, two years’ experience and you’ll be able to work as a engineer in most places.

If you want help with preparing for interviews or have any questions about careers in mechanical engineering, please contact us here at Chester Blake, as we always have lots of engineering positions available throughout the UK.