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Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineers primarily design and construct large-scale industrial and mechanical processing plants and facilities. They also plan and coordinate manufacturing activities and take on administrative tasks like drawing up budgets and ensuring programs are run smoothly and efficiently.

Duties and tasks

  • Coordinating labour and manpower and building sites
  • Designing layout for future industrial facilities
  • Determining the cost effectiveness of given programs and mechanical projects
  • Developing plans for mechanical processes and systems
  • Drawing up plans for mechanical equipment and machines
  • Inspecting machinery to ensure everything is up to specific code

Skills required

  • Ability to solve complex problems
  • Critical thinking and logic skills
  • High mathematical ability
  • Multitasking
  • Troubleshooting and problem-solving capabilities

Working conditions

In the planning stages of projects, Mechanical Engineers will often draw up plans or blueprints in traditional office settings. Once construction begins, these engineers will often work on-site to ensure everything is running according to plan.

Professional associations / Industry information

Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia 

Engineers Australia 

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