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Mechanical engineering is an extremely diverse discipline. It encompasses the design of small technical components through to the manufacturing of large scale plant machinery. The work ranges from research, development and design stages through to manufacture and installation
Almost all industries require the services of mechanical engineers, meaning job opportunities are good across sectors, including medicine, construction, power and manufacturing. Typically a person in this role will begin a project with an initial brief. This will then progress through design and development to testing, manufacture and implementation
The ability to work closely with professionals from within the engineering sector is essential. A mechanical engineer may also be required to handle budgets and time constraints, and must have an excellent understanding of a range of design techniques and disciplines
A degree or similar qualification in mechanical engineering or a related engineering subject is usually a prerequisite. Training will then continue on the job. A graduate can expect to earn up to £22,000 per year, rising with additional training and experience.

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Providing effective solutions during the development and production engineering process is the responsibility of a Mechanical Engineer. Mechanical equipment is used in many industries, hence engineers are required to maintain and resolve any issues that develop during their use.
Mechanical Engineers work in various working environments, whether office, plant, outdoors or at client locations. They receive very good salaries and benefits including health, pension and insurance. Benefits are often dependent on contractual arrangements, employer, location or company size and type.
A Mechanical Engineer usually performs many of the following tasks:
•  Improving safety regulations
•  Designing equipments
•  Testing designs
•  Solving manufacturing problems
•  Discussing engineering principles
•  Planning production processes
•  Assisting team members

Skills

• Communication
• Resolving problems
• Managing and prioritising assignments
• Working with teams
• Organisation and planning
• Information technology
• People management
• Networking
• Negotiating
• Stress management
• Being analytical and precise

Education

People who are interested in Engineering positions should specialise in any of the following areas:
•    Aeronautical Engineering
•    Agricultural Engineering
•    Computer-Aided Engineering
•    Engineering Science
•    Manufacturing Engineering
•    Nuclear Engineering
•    Mechanical Engineering
Educational institutions offer various certifications. These include GCE, NVQ, SVQ, HNC, HND, or the BTEC qualifications. Mechanical Engineers are also able to join professional associations such as the Engineering Council (ECUK) as Professional Engineers, Incorporated Engineers (IEng) or Chartered Engineers (CEng). Masters and Post Graduate qualifications are also very valuable.

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