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Mechanical Engineer

Solve problems using knowledge of mechanical devices across a range of industries.

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.

Tasks and duties

  • Analysing problems to determine project requirements.
  • Designing and developing mechanical devices using computer-aided design.
  • Creating and testing prototypes, and analysing the results.
  • Modifying designs as needed, based on test results.
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.

What can I earn as a Mechanical Engineer?

The most common salary  for a Mechanical Engineer is between $100k and $120k
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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 Masters of Mechanical Engineering in order to increase their chances of becoming a consultant, manager or project leader.

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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Design
  • Project management
  • Thoroughness
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Self motivation

Shortlisted applicants:

  • Ms office proficiency
  • Project management
  • Autocad
  • Solidworks
  • Team work
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How do Mechanical Engineers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 38 Mechanical Engineers surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

3 out of 5Jan 2019
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Mechanical Engineering
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Mechanical engineering
The good things
Able to use creativity in solving problems.
The challenges
Politics are always a challenge to me; I am not good at politics; and politics are so very important.
4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Technology (Engineering)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
MEP
The good things
The challenges and the nature of project I am handling currently.
The challenges
Change management and stakeholder management.
3 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Mechanical Engineering
The good things
This role is absolutely interdisciplinary role which provide you a great chance to interact with others. For the sake of having to consult with others engineers you would learn a lot.
The challenges
You need to work on your hand on skills, if you want to start your own business get ready for less funding and high ingredient cost.
4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Graduate Diploma
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Capex
The good things
Consulting engineering and project leading can give exposure to a broad range of engineering and organization challenges requiring adaptation and drawing on experience, while maintaining standards - ...
The challenges
There are sometimes when the organization one is serving has differing standards or values to ones own - these are the times to adapt and adjust, or move on.
5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Engineering
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Commissioning
The good things
Working on amazing projects, running huge machines, making things work after years of design and construction. Also, constantly new challenges which are solved with support of more experienced collea...
The challenges
Working with variety types of systems and equipment requires quick and thorough self education to be able to successfully deliver required product. Constant changes in construction circumstances requ...
4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Mechanical Engineering
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Logistics workshop
The good things
Always a challenge and rewarding
The challenges
Diagnostics
3 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Science
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Engineering
The good things
Better pay than many other carreers.
The challenges
Must be accurate as much as possible in engineering design.
5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Engineering (Integrated Logistic Management)
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
Really good opportunity to progress your career and good work life balance
The challenges
trying to socialise at first can be a bit daunting
5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Engineering
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
3
The good things
As being a Mechanical engineer I'm sure I'll have some fun and great work EXPERIENCE with hoping of bright future......
The challenges
If u want your career as a professional engineer then mechanical engineering is the best place
4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
HVAC
The good things
It’s a large engineering field where I have to work all of mechanical equipments that’s help me to learn more and become a skilled engineer
The challenges
Main challenge is maintain time as I have to give solution as soon as possible.
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What are the job opportunities for Mechanical Engineers?

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Job opportunities

Mechanical Engineer jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
1.5%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Mechanical Engineering Trades Workers
Latest Mechanical Engineer jobs on SEEK
Ivory Group
Brisbane > CBD & Inner Suburbs
Accelerate your career progression as a Mechanical Engineer. Learn business development in a successful and rapidly expanding consultancy.
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MEGT
Sydney > South West & M5 Corridor
Kick start your career with an international company a 1st Year Mechanical Engineer Apprentice. Fairfield location. Cert 3 Mechanical Engineering
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G&S Engineering Services
Northern QLD
Design Engineer
G&S Engineering Services
Rockhampton & Capricorn Coast
Design Engineer
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