As a mechanical engineer you will use your mathematical and physical knowledge to model, design and create products like cars, aircrafts, robotics as well as smaller components and parts needed. This is a highly technology orientated role, with manual skills and technical knowledge required.
While for this role a university degree in a related subject, such as physics, is highly appreciated. In order to increase your chances of employability you should seek internships or summer placements with known companies to gain some hands-on experience while studying.
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Starting salary: £20,000 to £30,000
Senior position: £45,000 to £55,000+
Around 40 hours a week, might be on a shift pattern depending on the company, including evenings and weekends.
Career progression is possible in this role, usually to become project manager or work in further education, like universities or colleges.
Skills Valued by Employers
- Ability to work independently and as a team
- Great problem-solving skills
- Great analytical skills
- Understanding of reading technical drawings and specifications
- Strong mathematical and physics knowledge
- Relevant IT skills and ability to use main software packages