Profession mechanical engineer

Mechanical engineers conduct research; advise on, design, and direct production of machines, aircraft, ships, machinery and industrial plant, equipment and systems; advise on and direct their functioning, maintenance and repair; or study and advise on mechanical aspects of particular materials, products or processes.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

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  • Engineering processes

    The systematic approach to the development and maintenance of engineering systems.

  • Technical drawings

    Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.

  • Mechanics

    Theoretical and practical applications of the science studying the action of displacements and forces on physical bodies to the development of machinery and mechanical devices.

  • Mechanical engineering

    Discipline that applies principles of physics, engineering and materials science to design, analyse, manufacture and maintain mechanical systems.

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.


  • Adjust engineering designs

    Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Approve engineering design

    Give consent to the finished engineering design to go over to the actual manufacturing and assembly of the product.

  • Use technical drawing software

    Create technical designs and technical drawings using specialised software.

Optional knowledge and skills

use cad software synthetic natural environment determine production capacity keep up with digital transformation of industrial processes ensure compliance with environmental legislation manage supplies civil engineering cad software develop strategies for electricity contingencies use precision tools advise architects guidance, navigation and control radiation physics in healthcare troubleshoot computational fluid dynamics mechatronics electric generators radiation protection test medical devices oversee quality control develop agricultural policies read engineering drawings respond to electrical power contingencies repair engines computer engineering maintain safe engineering watches medical devices materials replace machines robotics design medical devices analyse stress resistance of products components of air conditioning systems heat transfer processes manage engine-room resources inspect engine rooms operation of different engines manipulate medical devices materials re-assemble engines use testing equipment operate marine machinery systems pollution prevention advise on irrigation projects maintain electrical equipment multimedia systems operate electronic measuring instruments use tools for construction and repair international regulations for preventing collisions at sea conduct literature research develop software prototype read standard blueprints manage ship emergency plans simulate mechatronic design concepts install transport equipment engines mechanics of vessels electricity market develop mechatronic test procedures train employees provide advice to farmers liaise with engineers types of containers safety engineering develop product design heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration parts electrical engineering define technical requirements program firmware inspect facility sites use thermal analysis design drawings mechanics of trains electronics ensure safety in electrical power operations monitor manufacturing quality standards prepare assembly drawings develop medical device test procedures electricity consumption create autocad drawings agricultural production principles conduct training on biomedical equipment manage electricity transmission system write routine reports draft bill of materials create a product's virtual model pneumatics plan manufacturing processes 3d modelling design thermal requirements provide advice to technicians draft design specifications record test data install heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration ducts fisheries legislation biology manufacture medical devices operate control systems adjust voltage maintain robotic equipment quality and cycle time optimisation apply technical communication skills maintain shipboard machinery make electrical calculations research improvement of crop yields technical terminology medical imaging technology production processes engine components maintain agricultural machinery develop electricity distribution schedule advise on pollution prevention assess financial viability optoelectronics product data management perform project management hydraulics medical device test procedures global maritime distress and safety system health informatics operate pumping systems follow safety standards in industrial contexts ensure compliance with safety legislation perform small vessel safety procedures ensure equipment cooling install mechatronic equipment refrigerants physics manage engineering project monitor production developments biotechnology manage the operation of propulsion plant machinery pollution legislation operate scientific measuring equipment fire-fighting systems solder electronics transmission towers hydraulic fluid control production lubricate engines build business relationships material mechanics micromechatronic engineering swim electric current design firmware control engineering human anatomy analyse production processes for improvement pollution at sea prevention provide technical documentation medical device regulations prepare production prototypes risks associated with undertaking fishing operations perform test run mathematics operate precision machinery use maritime english bicycle mechanics ensure vessel compliance with regulations determine production feasibility provide cost benefit analysis reports use thermal management biomedical science lead a team in fishery services mechanics of motor vehicles design automation components microelectromechanical systems install circuit breakers perform resource planning microprocessors automation technology survive at sea in the event of ship abandonment use cam software evaluate engine performance assess environmental impact interpret technical requirements quality of fish products irrigation systems interpret 3d plans execute analytical mathematical calculations disassemble engines fishing vessels analyse test data calibrate mechatronic instruments communicate using the global maritime distress and safety system electromechanics project management monitor electric generators ventilation systems supervise electricity distribution operations interpret 2d plans inspect underground power cables operate ship rescue machinery international convention for the prevention of pollution from ships industrial heating systems aerodynamics install automation components robotic components ensure compliance with electricity distribution schedule extinguish fires ict software specifications aircraft mechanics set up automotive robot maintain electronic equipment work in outdoor conditions precision mechanics report analysis results legislation in agriculture fisheries management repair medical devices conduct quality control analysis create technical plans apply advanced manufacturing reverse engineering diagnostic radiology coordinate fire fighting medical devices install heating boiler electrical power safety regulations operate life-saving appliances monitor automated machines power engineering telecommunications engineering industrial engineering domestic heating systems test mechatronic units develop electronic test procedures perform small vessel safety measures environmental legislation design thermal equipment define manufacturing quality criteria cae software execute feasibility study electricity principles design ventilation network principles of mechanical engineering communicate with customers work in a fishery team test procedures in electricity transmission design engineering components use technical documentation fluid mechanics design electric power systems design prototypes scientific research methodology assessment of risks and threats operate ship propulsion system follow company standards report test findings gather technical information ship related legislative requirements inspect overhead power lines coordinate engineering teams cybernetics biomedical techniques oversee construction project use a computer install heating furnace wear cleanroom suit manufacturing processes use computer-aided engineering systems blueprints quality standards thermodynamics stealth technology maintain control systems for automated equipment create software design analytical methods in biomedical sciences set up the controller of a machine wear appropriate protective gear model medical devices provide training debug software firmware thermal materials biomedical engineering assemble robots assemble mechatronic units perform data analysis create solutions to problems apply medical first aid on board ship examine engineering principles prevent fires on board conduct performance tests manage workflow processes design principles electrical discharge

Common job titles

  • Mechanical design engineer - entry level
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  • Mechanical engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Equipment engineer - machine tools
  • Product development and design engineer
  • Engineering development program - product development associate engineer