A junior mechanical engineer holds an entry-level position on the path to becoming a senior mechanical engineer. Generally, a junior mechanical engineer works under the supervision of a senior mechanical engineer and reports to the company's director of engineering. In most environments, junior mechanical engineers are responsible for creating detailed designs, drawings, and technical documentation of mechanical components of a project. Although they work under the supervision of a senior colleague, junior mechanical engineers work alongside junior and senior mechanical engineers to complete projects. However, in some situations, junior level mechanical engineers work independently to complete work assignments.
Individuals working as a junior level mechanical engineer are required to have at least a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, along with one or more years of experience working on engineering projects. It is also required to have some proficiency with using engineering software such as AutoCAD, although the specific computer software varies by company. Junior mechanical engineers must work well in a team setting, be able to multitask, and be able to prioritize work to meet deadlines. The work environment of a junior mechanical engineer can vary from a lab setting involving no travel to working out in the field to meet the requirements of specific employers. Junior-level mechanical engineers typically work during regular business hours, but they may work nights and weekends to meet coming deadlines.
Junior Mechanical Engineer Tasks
Resolve product development issues through creative testing and re-engineering.
Perform necessary technical calculations and testing to ensure functional and sound work-product.
Provide technical design support to engineering team.
Prepare detailed reports to demonstrate technical progress and accomplishments on projects.