Mechanical engineers produce specifications for, design, develop, manufacture and install new or modified mechanical components or systems.

Job responsibilities vary greatly according to the size and type of employer, but typically include:

  • assessing project requirements
  • agreeing budgets, timescales and specifications with clients and managers
  • liaising with suppliers
  • problem solving
  • undertaking relevant research
  • producing and implementing designs and test procedures
  • measuring performance of mechanical components, devices and engines
  • testing, evaluating, modifying and re-testing products
  • writing reports and documentation
  • providing technical advice
  • analysing and interpreting data

Qualifications and training required

A degree in a relevant engineering subject (mechanical, automotive or aerospace) is required. Currently, mechanical engineers wishing to become chartered must hold an Institution of Mechanical Engineers accredited degree to MEng level and at least four years' of vocational training with an accredited employer.

Key skills for mechanical engineers
  • Effective technical skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Team working skills