Projects that mechanical engineers work on can vary significantly, from researching and developing medical products (such as mechanical hearts), to improving production processes in large oil refineries or designing services within buildings.
Across all sectors, your tasks generally include:
designing and implementing cost-effective equipment modifications to help improve safety and reliability
developing a project specification with colleagues, often including those from other engineering disciplines
developing, testing and evaluating theoretical designs
discussing and solving complex problems with manufacturing departments, sub-contractors, suppliers and customers
making sure a product can be made reliably and will perform consistently in specified operating environments
managing projects using engineering principles and techniques
planning and designing new production processes
producing details of specifications and outline designs
recommending modifications following prototype test results
using research, analytical, conceptual and planning skills, particularly mathematical modelling and computer-aided design
considering the implications of issues such as cost, safety and time constraints
working with other professionals, within and outside the engineering sector
monitoring and commissioning plant and systems.