Mechanical Design Engineer job description

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Responsibilities of this post broadly involve researching, designing, developing, manufacturing and testing mechanical tools and equipment. Engineers are an essential part of the manufacturing process as they design, construct and operate the machines involved. They are also often in charge of making sure there is adequate power and that everything is running at optimum efficiency
A mechanical design engineer is often a project manager, looking after a team of people and resources. Duties may include managing budgets, materials and design specifications. Employment is usually through the company in charge of job completion, but the job holder may be employed directly by a client. Mechanical design engineers may choose to specialise in areas such as petroleum production, water and power, or electro-mechanics
An ability to work as part of a team is essential as engineers are often required to work closely with other professionals, including safety engineers, buyers, planners and accountants. Excellent knowledge of technical processes is essential, and a career in this field requires a degree in engineering or a related subject. There are excellent opportunities for travel, and salaries start at around £36,000 per year.


Mechanical Design Engineers create, draft and design product layouts and schemes using customer specification and recommendations. They perform administrative tasks as well. These engineers often work along with other design, development and production professionals and teams. They constantly review their tasks, conduct studies and research to assess the feasibility of their designs.
A Mechanical Design Engineer usually performs many of the following tasks:
•  Resolving problems
• Producing documentation
• Conducting product testing
•  Reviewing technical product designs
• Fixing defunct products
• Generating drawings using various design applications


• Knowledge of CAM, CAD and 3D CAD
• Being thorough and focused
• Communication principles
• Writing reports
• Preparing budgets
• Being keen and analytical
• Being commercially aware
• Leadership
• Networking
• Negotiating
• Being professional
• Being amicable and responsible


Mechanical Design Engineers study Mechanical Engineering, Product Design, Engineering Technology, or other related engineering courses. They pursue Diploma, Associate, Bachelors and Masters Degrees. Employers also accept HND, HNC, NQV, SVQ, and BTEC certifications.

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