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Mechanical Engineer

Solve problems using knowledge of mechanical devices across a range of industries.
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What's it like to be a Mechanical Engineer?

Mechanical Engineers work in the broadest field of engineering, using their knowledge of mechanical power to develop and build machinery, tools, engines and other products.

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Mechanical Engineers work throughout all phases of product life cycle, including: design, development, installation, testing and maintenance.

Mechanical Engineers work across a range of industries, including aviation, transport, power generation, and manufacturing. They may also choose to specialise in a sub-discipline of mechanical engineering, such as acoustics, medical devices, building services, or noise control.

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How to become a Mechanical Engineer


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To become a Mechanical Engineer you are generally required to complete a degree in engineering with a major in mechanical engineering.

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in the field of engineering. This will usually be a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering). Entry to these courses is generally based on Year 12 results and having met the requirements for prerequisite subjects (usually mathematics and physics).
  2. To work independently as a Mechanical Engineer, most states require you to have a Professional Engineer’s Licence. This is usually gained after at least four years of practice as an engineer.
  3. Mechanical Engineers may undertake a postgraduate degree in mechanical engineering in order to increase their chances of becoming a consultant, manager or project leader.

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Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours)

This degree will prepare you to work in the mechanical engineering industry. It also includes an embedded honours year.

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Master of Engineering (Mechanical)

If you already have a background in engineering or instrumentation, this master degree will prepare you for advanced career opportunities in the industry.

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Bachelor of Science

Develop broad skills in science to prepare for opportunities in a range of industries with this qualification.

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May 2021
Mechanical Engineer Undergraduate - The best introduction into engineering you could ask for.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Reliability Engineering
The good things
Being an Mechanical Engineer Undergraduate was extremely beneficial as I was able to work part-time whilst completing my studies. Doing so minimised what is sometimes described as a knowledge gap when...
The challenges
There are high expectations to get jobs done, especially during maintenance shutdown periods. There is a limited availability of down-time so expect very long days - up to 16 hour days consecutively. ...
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May 2021
Building Services consulting can be overwhelming in the beginning but the initial effort is worth it in the future.
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Master of Engineering
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5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
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building services
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As a building services consultant, there is so much opportunity and work which makes it a competitive market for employees looking for entry level jobs or career progression. The variety of projects ...
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In a consulting business, it is imperative to understand the three main aspects - consulting, engineering and business. For someone coming from engineering and technical background, it often gets chal...
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