Mechanical Engineering jobs and careers
Mechanical Engineering is an engineering discipline that combines engineering physics and mathematics principles with materials science to design, analyse, manufacture, and maintain products and mechanical-based systems.
Why consider a career as a Mechanical Engineer?
A career in mechanical engineering exposes you to an array of amazing industries. Your work can have you working on the design of new product innovation from driverless cars to the design of life-saving medical & scientific devices, including the latest electron microscopes used by scientists to help develop vaccines. Some of the greatest inventors are skilled Mechanical Design Engineers!
What a job or career in Mechanical Engineering may entail…
As a Mechanical Engineer, you often have the opportunity to work across the full product life cycle from requirements stages, through to design, production and manufacture. Alongside this, you will innovate existing tech and detail potential improvements. Mechanical Engineers use 2D and 3D computer-aided software to assist with the design stages of products and systems. They can also utilise thermodynamic, materials science and simulation engineering techniques, to help build robust designs, for example, engine turbines that can resist very high levels of stress and tolerance without failing.
As a senior - you will have a mix of hands-on design, innovation, and leadership skills. You will often be charged with liaising with senior management about the existing issues with tech and the ways in which the team can push the technology forward. You will often also be charged with leading and mentoring the more junior Engineers in the team. Depending on the company, you may also be tasked with compiling and presenting on the current state of your product life-cycle and how you intend to take it forward.
Typical role titles include
Mechanical Design Engineer
Product Design Engineer
Career progression example
Junior Design Engineer
Mechanical Design Engineer
Senior Mechanical Engineer
At an entry-level, Junior Mechanical Engineers can take home around £25k - £35k. This often comes down to speciality, location, and whether you pursued a masters. At the mid-level, Engineers normally sit between £35K and £45K. Seniors normally earn between £45k and £55K. Principal Engineers are normally around £55K and £65k.
Is it right for me? The skills it takes...
The following technologies and skills often appear on job descriptions;
Mechanical Engineering, 3D design (using software tools such as Solidworks, PTC Creo, Catia and AutoCAD), CAE, Thermodynamics, Materials selection, Stress, Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing, and Data Analysis (Matlab, ANSYS, Labview).
What qualifications does it take?
Often clients will look for candidates to hold a Bsc in engineering, product design, mathematics, physics or computer science. Otherwise, they will look for candidates who have undertaken an apprenticeship related to the field. A technical background, be it academic or industry-related, is normally necessary to secure a role in the field.
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— Highly detailed construction materialsLocation:Bristol, UKSalary:34,000We are seeking a Maintenance Technician with background in electrical, mechatronics or automation engineering, to join a multidisciplinary team in a global construction materials company. Previous work in a maintenance environment would be a bonus, but all essential training will be provided. The client regularly invests in all their employees’ training and provides essential skills development programmes. It’s a fantastic opportunity to start and develop your engineering career and to join a dynamic and forward-thinking environment. This role will work a 3-shift pattern of earlies, lates and nights and will be paid shift allowance accordingly – 28% if on a fixed shift pattern and 33% for lates and 50% for nights if on a flexible shift pattern. Pioneering leader in construction materials present in 75 countries. Unique, innovative and highly detailed products. Full training provided with future investment in your career development. Basic salary additional shift allowance, with 3 shift patterns: mornings, lates and nights performance bonus. What you’ll be doing Complying with all relevant SG safety, health, and environmental standards. Creating and supporting Trusted Platform Modules (TPM). Carrying out the maintenance of site spares through defined systems. Supporting cloud-based CMMS systems. Analysing loss intelligence with application of RCA tools and corrective actions Supporting production breakdowns. Creating technical specifications and paperwork for all relevant projects. What experience you’ll need HND/ HNC or Apprenticeship or equivalent qualifications in electrical, automation or mechatronics engineering. Previous work experience in a manufacturing environment. Good basic understanding of mechanical or electrical components. Exposure to welding, fabrication, milling, turning, grinding would be beneficial. Experience with PLC and programming would be a great bonus. Eagerness to learn and develop new skills. What you’ll get in return Fantastic opportunity to use your technical skills in a supportive, dynamic, and forward-thinking environment. You will be working alongside a team of experienced and forward-thinking R&D department. You will also receive all essential training, and you will be supported to grow develop new skills. Alongside the basic salary, this role comes with an additional shift allowance and changing shift pattern. The company also offers generous benefits including up to 10% performance bonus, pension scheme, flexible holidays, tailored training programs, as well as retail discounts and more.
— Biotechnology ResearchLocation:Cambridge, UKSalary:£40,000 - £50,000We are seeking a Mechanical Engineer to join a multidisciplinary team in a fast-growing biotech start up, working on the development of drug-discovery instrumentation. With the locations in both UK and US, the company is growing to become a leader in the discovery, analysis, and modulation of biomolecular condensates. You will be building highly detailed and innovative instrumentation using optical microscopy, cellular biochemistry, protein, microfluidics and more. Previous experience of product/instrumentation design in a high-tech industry is desirable. International drug-discovery start-up. Design & development of highly detailed and innovative scientific instrumentation. Generous bonuses & further career development opportunities. What you’ll be doing Developing a discovery platform using microfluidics, protein and cellular biochemistry, optical microscopy, automated protocols, and data analysis. Creating detailed design solutions using CAD and Solidworks. Coming up with own concepts and solutions. Contributing to the full cycle of component transfer to manufacture. Increasing system performance by identifying new technologies and electromechanical components Engaging in prototyping, testing, validation, and lifetime testing. Implementing automation and quality control. Maintaining existing instrumentation and carrying out regular hardware updates, managing external suppliers and sourcing components as required. Developing robotic systems is likely to come in the future. What experience you’ll need Degree or equivalent in a related Engineering field (Mechanical, Biomechanics, Physics, Nanotechnologies etc.) Previous experience of product/instrumentation development in a high-tech environment. Proficient in 3D CAD and SolidWorks. Problem-solving abilities, creativity in overcoming technical problems with hands on testing and experimental work. Experience using Python/MATLAB/C and ability to modify already written scripts is desirable. Experience designing microfluidic consumables and custom fluidic systems. Experience in a high-tech manufacturing environment would be a bonus (high-volume injection moulding, MEMS manufacture etc.). What you’ll get in return Be a part of a multidisciplinary and highly experienced team, working in a fast-paced, research-driven, and entrepreneurial environment. It’s a fantastic opportunity to be an early member of the Team and contribute to the development game-changing bio-tech technologies, grow with the company and gain new skills. Alongside the salary, you’ll get a generous bonus based on company’s growth (last year it was 30%!), share options and more.
— World-leading haptic and tracking technologiesLocation:Bristol, UKSalary:£28,000 - £30,000We are seeking a graduate/junior engineer to join a multidisciplinary team in a pioneering tech company, with world-leading haptic & tracking technologies. Previous exposure to a tech-based manufacturing environment would be a great bonus, however, no extensive experience is needed. You will be working on the development of hardware products designed for the automotive, consumer, industrial, XR, entertainment, medical sectors, and more. In this role, you will be running ATE machines to test clients’ high-tech electronic devices including leading free space haptics, hand tracking, and ultrasonic components. Pioneering tech company with world-leading haptic & tracking tech. Work on highly innovative products in a progressive tech-driven environment. Real chance for a career progression and new skills development. What you’ll be doing Operating automated test equipment (ATE). Running manual test equipment, failure analysis, lab/bench instruments, use of tooling, jigs, and fixtures. Collaborating with the engineering multidisciplinary teams, contributing to the development and improvement of test systems and processes. Working on the electro-mechanical assemblies, prototype products, in-house test equipment, etc. Carrying out work instructions and standard operating procedures. Performing preventative maintenance tasks. What experience you’ll need A degree or equivalent in a relevant engineering discipline (electronics, electrical, mechanical engineering, etc). Previous hands-on experience in a technology-based manufacturing environment (new product integration) would be an advantage. Fundamentals of electronic schematics and mechanical drawings. Familiarity with cable assemblies and the ability to solder thru-hole and SMT components. Knowledge of CAD software and Python programming language would be a bonus. Competent in using standard lab equipment, hand, and power tools. Eagerness to learn and develop new skills, ability to work as a part of the team and independently on your own. What you’ll get in return An incredible opportunity to join a world leader in the touchless technology space, offering a diverse and inclusive environment and a real career progression scheme. You will be a part of a multidisciplinary team, learning from senior technicians and developing crucial skills for the future. You will contribute to the development of new technologies – found nowhere else in the world. Alongside the salary, you’ll get a healthy pension (401(k) plan), generous holidays, medical benefits including healthcare, wellbeing programs, social events as well as the opportunity to use their products!