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Mechanical Engineer Job Description

A mechanical engineer is an engineer who deals with the design and production of machinery. Mechanical engineers design, develop, manufacture, operate, simulate, test, maintain and manage all kinds of machines and moving parts.

A mechanical engineer should be imaginative, creative, analytical, practical, patient, persistent and detail-oriented, and have the ability to design, read and interpret blueprints and schematics of mechanical systems. They should also have good knowledge of mechanical system principles and operations.

Famous mechanical engineers include Archimedes (Archimedes’ screw pump, block-and-tackle pulley, etc.), Johannes Gutenberg (movable-type printing press), James Watt (steam engine), Robert Fulton (steamboat), Eli Whitney (cotton gin) and Henry Ford (automobile assembly line).

Pursue a career in mechanical engineering if you have aptitude for mathematics and science, and interest in the design, production and use of machines and tools.

What does a Mechanical Engineer do?

Mechanical engineers may do some or all of the following:

Where does a Mechanical Engineer work?

Places of work for mechanical engineers include:

Working Conditions

Mechanical engineers usually work normal office hours, but may sometimes work evenings and weekends to meet deadlines. They work in workshops, laboratories, factories, offices and building sites. There job may involve working around heavy machinery or at heights, or in noisy and dirty conditions. They may travel to attend conferences or workshops, or to inspect and supervise projects.

What is Required to Become a Mechanical Engineer?

To become a mechanical engineer, you need to have a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or a related discipline.

Secondary school students interested in studying mechanical engineering should take should take preparatory subjects such as chemistry, physics, computer, and mathematics, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus.


Just to give you an idea, some of the classes that you’ll be taking in college may include:


A mechanical engineer may specialize to become any of the following:

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Mechanical engineers need to have:


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