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Job Description

Mechanical engineers develop and design components and machinery used in manufacturing, construction, water, power, health and transport.

Entry Requirements

You'll usually need a foundation degree, an HNC or HND or a degree in an engineering subject like:

  • mechanical engineering
  • electromechanical engineering
  • mechatronics
  • engineering (mechanical/manufacturing)

Some courses include a year in industry. Alternatively, you could organise your own work placement within a company.

After completing your training, you could then go onto higher-level courses like an HND or degree, or progress to a higher apprenticeship, like advanced manufacturing engineering.

The Institution of Mechanical EngineersSEMTA and Tomorrow's Engineers has more information.

You can get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Career Path and Progression

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

With incorporated or chartered engineer status you could move into project management roles, specialise in a particular field, work in research or become an engineering consultant.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Electronics engineer
  • Design and development engineer
  • Mechanical engineering technician

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • A keen interest in engineering,
  • A logical thinker
  • Good physical and mental stamina
  • Good problem solving abilities
  • Reliability and honesty
  • Enjoy working as part of a team in a hands on and challenging environment

Starting Salary

£18,000 to £55,000

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