Mechanical engineers participate in the planning and manufacturing of new products by performing engineering duties and developing, designing and testing mechanical devices. Job requirements include either a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, a master of science in engineering, or a related degree. The EIT exam, membership in a professional society and specific industry-related certifications may also be encouraged or required.
Mechanical engineers must be skilled in the use of Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, and other software or technology as relevant to the specific position. They use technical problem-solving and communication skills and must be adept at project management, teamwork, and adhering to standard engineering procedures. Mechanical engineers work with other team members to create new product designs that meet customer needs and relevant government codes and regulations. They create these designs using established engineering practices and relevant technological tools. They research designs and make recommendations based on appearance, safety, budget, and function, and estimate the time and cost needed to complete projects.
Mechanical engineers may be responsible for creating prototypes and product tests and creating reports to provide the relevant data to management. They also communicate with other departments as needed for a given project. Other areas of responsibility may include helping to determine requirements for manufacturing equipment and working with a team to manage assigned portions of a project. Mechanical engineers usually report to project managers and work in an office, but it may often be necessary to travel to manufacturing sites or to customer offices. The job may also require frequent lifting or bending, and work hours may vary.
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.