Chartered mechanical engineers are concerned with all aspects of machinery and its moving parts. They may choose to apply their engineering skills to the design, construction and application of an almost endless range of machinery. Chartered engineers work in one of the three main engineering functions: Design, Research and Production.
Design: Engineers are concerned with turning ideas into plans for new products, or improvements to existing products. They use computer-aided design (CAD) systems to assist them in the production of highly complex designs.
Research and development: Engineers in research and development are concerned with solving complex engineering problems. They look for ways to modify or improve existing products or processes or develop new ones to take account of changing factors. They also create mathematical models on computer to predict and compare the performance of products or processes and may also build and test prototypes.
Production: Mechanical engineers working in production plan and design new production processes and look for ways to improve existing processes.
Hours of work are normally 37 to 40 per week. However, actual hours worked may be considerably longer, depending on the project they are involved in and the deadline to which they are working.
Work environments may range from quiet, modern, open-plan offices to factory production areas, which may be noisy. At times they may be required to visit outdoor sites, eg. to view product trials. Work can involve travel and short periods away from home.
Chartered mechanical engineers must have an interest in maths, science, technology, design, engineering and construction. They must be logical, inventive and have an inquiring mind, good judgement and reasoning skills. They should have the ability to lead others and work under pressure. They should also be skilled in the use of CAD, and have excellent communication, planning and organisational skills.
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