So what exactly does a Mechanical Engineer do?
They design, build and test machines, engines and other mechanical devices. Whenever you buy or use almost any product, you can be sure that a mechanical engineer was involved in making it.
What are the job options?:
Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering fields. That’s because a mechanical engineer’s work varies by industry and by the type of job. For example:
If you are working at Chester Machine Tools as a mechanical engineer you may design and build automated machines that are used to assemble products. At Chester the automated machines are the tools that other engineers need for their work. Such machines might be used to build products such as vehicles, components used in industry and structures for buildings, right through to the industrial sector where Chester build machines for example for the global oil & gas industry. A machine tool engineer is a type of mechanical engineer.
So what If I am thinking of a career in Mechanical Engineering?
Apart from becoming a Machine Tool Engineer you can choose to specialise in other engineering routes, these are just a few suggestions:
Manufacturing, or making products
Materials, or creating special metals, woods and composites from raw materials that others use in manufacturing
Robots used in manufacturing
Plant engineering and maintenance systems
Power-producing machines such as internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines
Elevators and escalators
What will I need to do the job?:
A good set of hand tools and a toolbox and you will also probably be using a computer on a daily basis to perform complex mathematical computations
- Simulate new designs
- Change existing designs
By using CAD/CAM – Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) – mechanical engineers can turn a design into a manufactured product.
What are my study options to become a Mechanical Engineer?:
If you study mechanical engineering at college or university, you will cover:
- Dynamics and statics
- Strength of materials
- Heat transfer
- Fluid dynamics
- Solid mechanics
- Applied thermodynamics
- Control theory
You also must be able to understand and apply concepts from chemistry and electrical engineering.
There are some fantastic Colleges & Universities in the UK - here are a few links with information on where you can find out about studying for a career in Mechanical Engineering:
There are also professional bodies in the UK who can provide information about choosing a career in engineering: