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Mechanical engineer

Mechanical engineers develop and design components and machinery used in industry.
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What does a mechanical engineer do?

The daily duties of a mechanical engineer might include creating technical plans using computer aided design; researching and assessing new products and innovations; presenting design plans and data to managers; overseeing maintenance programmes and quality control, as well as managing and leading a project team.  

What do I need to do to become a mechanical engineer?

You will need to be technically minded, good at maths and science, and like solving problems. You will usually need a foundation degree, HNC/HND or degree in an engineering subject.

Related skills

  • Communication
  • Financial planning
  • IT
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork

Academic route

  • Five GCSEs (grades A-C)
  • Two or three A levels, often including maths and physics

Desirable qualifications

  • Foundation degree
  • A degree in an engineering subject

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You could find work with local and central government, the armed services, manufacturers in all industries, research and development companies, and public utilities. 

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