Career outlook for mechanical engineer
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would design and test components and machines like wind turbines, pumps for clean water and medical prosthetics to help people who have mobility difficulties.
You’d oversee the set-up of the machines and check that they work properly.
You could work on different projects in many industries including:
For example, you could work in renewable energy to install off-shore wind turbines. You could design the pumps and valves that deliver clean water to homes and businesses. Or you could design and test improvements to prosthetic implants to help people with limited mobility.
Depending on the job you would:
- Turn research ideas into technical plans, using computer aided design/modelling (CAD/CAM) programs
- Survey mechanical systems and equipment to check they're working properly
- Research and assess 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 would manage and lead a project team of technicians, designers and craftspeople who carry out installation and maintenance work.
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- Attention to detail
- Developing a plan
- Managing resources
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