Career outlook for mechanical engineer
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You'd design and test components and machines. It'd be your job to oversee the set-up of machines and check they work correctly.
You could work on different projects in many industries including:
For example, you could work in renewable energy to install off-shore wind turbines. Design and test improvements to prosthetic implants to help people with limited mobility. Or work on the life support systems needed to keep people alive and comfortable in orbit.
What you might do
- turn research ideas into technical plans
- use computer aided design/modelling (CAD/CAM) programs
- survey mechanical systems and equipment to check they're working
- research new products and innovations
- present design plans and data to managers and clients
- produce technical documents for projects
- oversee maintenance programmes and quality control
You’d support the contract team in your company when they bid for new projects.
You'd manage and lead a project team of technicians, designers and craftspeople. They'd carry out installation and maintenance work on the machines you design.
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- Problem solving
- Attention to detail
- Developing a plan
- Managing resources
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