Mechanical Engineer Mataaro Pūkaha

Mechanical engineers design and give advice on the building and repair of machines and tools. They also investigate problems and faults with machinery, and study ways to improve manufacturing and energy production.

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Mechanical engineers may do some or all of the following:

  • determine client's or production manager's requirements
  • carry out investigations of existing systems and prepare reports based on findings
  • research the use of energy sources, machinery and materials
  • study the environmental and safety aspects of planned work
  • prepare plans and drawings of machines or machine parts 
  • use computer-aided design (CAD) software to design and model plans
  • prepare and calculate cost estimates for jobs
  • supervise the building, installation, repair and replacement of systems
  • review and test new systems.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for mechanical engineers includes:

  • any work involving machinery or engines
  • electrical or electronic work
  • work in an industrial plant or factory
  • work in the engineering or building construction industries
  • experience working with tools
  • technical drawing.

Personal Qualities

Mechanical engineers need to be:

  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • organised, with good project-management skills
  • practical and good at problem-solving
  • able to work well under pressure
  • able to work well independently and in a team.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for mechanical engineers includes:

  • any work involving machinery or engines
  • electrical or electronic work
  • work in an industrial plant or factory
  • work in the engineering or building construction industries
  • experience working with tools
  • technical drawing.

Mechanical Engineers can earn around $50K-56K per year per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Mechanical Engineer are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Most mechanical engineers work as employees of engineering companies or companies that use engineering services. As they gain more experience they may progress into consultancy and project management roles.

Mechanical engineering is a broad discipline and most people employed in the role develop specific skills in a particular area such as:

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