Chief mechanical engineers hold high-level engineering positions. They not only work on their own projects, but also oversee other engineers working on their projects. They are also expected to be involved with the financial and planning aspects of projects rather than simply the engineering aspect. As such, there are numerous career opportunities in mechanical engineering and the jobs can vary greatly.
A bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and prior experience in the field are generally required for this position, and some employers may prefer those who also have a master's degree; some chief mechanical engineers have as many as ten years of experience. Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills in order to oversee teams of employees, and many also have some form of business background. This is highly beneficial, as chief mechanical engineers must follow all financial aspects of their projects.
Those in this position generally work during traditional business hours, and some overtime may occasionally be necessary depending on the employer. Some work-related travel may be required, though it is rare.
Chief Mechanical Engineer Tasks
Performs engineering duties; develops, designs, and tests mechanical devices.
Writes technical reports, handbooks, and bulletins for use by staff or customers.
Estimates time and cost to complete projects.
Researches designs and makes recommendations based on appearance, safety, budget, and function.