Mechanical Job Overview
Mechanical engineering includes a variety of job titles such as mechanical design engineers, configuration and environmental engineers, technical sales engineers, maintenance fitters, contract and project managers, electromechanical service and repair engineers. A mechanical engineering career is good for those who are technically minded and like providing solutions. A practical approach and good team working abilities are important. Job responsibilities vary depending on roles and typically include designing (using computer programs) to develop technical plans, presenting plans and data to managers or customers, evaluating new products and modifications, carrying out research, checking that systems function correctly, preparing technical documentation and participating in quality control. Later, there are opportunities to progress to supervisory and management roles. Typical fields include water, energy, healthcare, production and infrastructure. Good communication, presentation and problem solving skills are required, along with excellent technical knowledge and the ability to manage projects. Flexibility and being able to work under pressure are also necessary traits.
Mechanical Job Education Requirements
A college engineering course (at National Certificate or Diploma level) or university foundation degree is required, with five good GCSE results (grades A-C) including maths and science and two or three 'A' levels. Other entry routes via apprenticeships are sometimes possible for promising candidates.
Mechanical Job Market
Recruitment specialists report that a wide range of jobs is currently available including mechanical maintenance in various areas of the UK. A suitable vacancy in mechanical engineering can usually be found at most levels, as vacancies are plentiful. Most jobs are full-time, between 37 and 40 hours a week. Shift work in the evenings and at weekends (and possibly night shifts) may be required, especially in round the clock environments. You may work in an office or a production area and travel might be necessary. Many mechanical engineering jobs are presently in demand including mechanical design engineers
, mechanical maintenance engineers
, and fitters.
Mechanical Job Salaries
UK average starting salaries for mechanical engineering disciplines are typically between £22,000 and £26,000 for qualified applicants. With experience, this increases to annual salaries in the range £30,000 to £50,000 - depending on location and job role. The average figure is £35,457. Utility suppliers and oil and gas companies are known to pay particularly well.