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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— Growing Aerospace NPILocation:StainesSalary:£45,000 - £50,000 plus benefitsGlobal Engineering leader with a strong order book Varied NPI based work – low/medium volume Full lifecycle design on a variety of products This is an opportunity to join a leader within their field working on the design of variety of Electro-mechanical and cooling systems utilised in both the Aircraft, Vehicle and Helicopter domains. In line with growth the are looking for proven Mechanical Design Engineer with good Autodesk Inventor and Geometric tolerancing to join the team, to work on the full product development lifecycle of new and existing products and systems.What you’ll be doing:Design of low to medium volume electro-mechanical devices and large-scale cooling systems, both existing and new.Involved with major development contracts, bids/proposals, R&D activities, and legacy production support.Produce designs that meet customer specifications through design verification and full lifecycle development within a gated review environment. What experience you’ll need to apply? Ideally Aerospace or regulated industry experience working on electro-mechanical or mechanisms design Strong Autodesk Inventor skills covering 3D design or components and assembly models. Good understanding of Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) AS9001 and or BS8888 standards would be highly desirable. Strong team player used to working closely with multi-disciplined teams. What you’ll get in return for your experience Work with a friendly and busy team and a company with a healthy order book, close ties with their manufacturing facility in the UK and strong career development opportunities.
— Growing Aerospace NPILocation:SurreySalary:£40,000 - £45,000 benefitsGlobal Engineering leader with a strong order book Excellent training and a supportive management team Varied NPI based work – low/medium volume This is an opportunity to join a leader within their field working on a variety of cooling systems utilised in both the Aircraft, Vehicle and Helicopter domains. In line with growth the are looking for someone with good Thermal Systems Engineering and Design skills, to work on the full product development lifecycle of new and existing products and systems.What you’ll be doing: Be involved with all stages of the product development cycle from requirements, bids/proposals, R&D, verification, and validation. Therma systems design and modelling working alongside a gate review system for NPI. Detailed design and analysis of a range of cooling systems from passive and active cooling, fans, and vapour compression cycle. What experience you’ll need to apply? Thermal Engineering experience with good knowledge of cooling and calculations using simulation with tools e.g., COMSOL, ANSYS, Simscale or similar. Cooling systems experience, this can be from any form of cooling such as heat exchangers, vapour cycle, vapour compression, refrigeration. General systems engineering ideally across the full product lifecycle, including requirements, proposals, verification, and validation. Degree qualified in an Engineering or Maths/Science related field with a collaborative way of working.What you’ll get in return for your experience What you’ll get in return for your experience Work with a friendly and busy team and a company with a healthy order book, close ties with their manufacturing facility in the UK and strong career development opportunities.
— Power ElectronicsLocation:MiddlesexSalary:£45000 - £50000• Global manufacturer. • New product introduction. • Diverse product range. Your opportunity to join a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices. You will be part of a multi-disciplined engineering team that includes Mechanical Design Engineers, Electronic Design, Project Leads, and Senior Engineers. What you’ll be doing As a Mechanical Design Engineer, you will be responsible for producing 3D CAD designs with a wide range of new product introduction and existing products from electro-mechanical devises through to integrated cooling systems. You will be involved with major development contracts, proposals, R&D, legacy production support. What experience you’ll need to apply Autodesk Inventor 2017 onwards. Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing. Creating part numbers and produce bills of materials on the company’s ERP system. Mechanical FE analysis. Production of detailed, sub-assembly and general assembly drawings. Materials and component selection. What you’ll get in return for your experience You will be working on a diverse range of new products and exciting projects across a wide range of industries. Autonomy will be given due to your experience and knowledge. What's next? If this sounds like the role for you, get in touch with Daniel Salway with your updated CV and we’ll handle the rest.
— Power ElectronicsLocation:SurreySalary:£50000 - £60000• High-performance electronics. • Global Energy Storage and Technology provider. • Supporting the world's transition to a low carbon economy. Your opportunity to join a growing energy storage and technology provider. The company has a product that has the potential to change energy storage for multiple industry applications. You will be an essential part of the Engineering team and the most experienced Electrical Engineer in the organisation. What you’ll be doing As a Mechanical Design Engineer, you will be responsible for developing power electronics for unique & high-performance renewable energy storage systems. You will be recommending processes, modifications, and developments for prototype test results. You will need to be competent with reports and completing detailed specifications and outline designs. This will also include estimating costs and timescales. Due to the nature of the projects, you must have great knowledge of fatigue stress analysis of metallic dynamic components and the production of reports. What experience you’ll need to apply Degree-qualified in an appropriate engineering discipline (Mechanical Engineering or Aeronautical. An understanding of material behavior, crack propagation, contact, thermomechanical fatigue, and statistics. Finite Element Analysis principle. Rotating machinery. Rotodynamic analysis & fatigue analysis. What you’ll get in return for your experience A salary up to £60k, but we could be flexible for the right candidate. The package includes 25 days holiday + public holidays, 5% pension, and private medical. There will be opportunities for personal development as the business continues to grow. What's next? If this sounds like the role for you, get in touch with Daniel Salway with your updated CV and we’ll handle the rest.
— Scientific Product InnovationLocation:HertfordshireSalary:£70,000 - £100,000 equityUnique IP and offering. Very progressive Life Science technology. Grow your own team. This is an opportunity to join an exciting Bioprocessing innovator using a breakthrough platform to reduce the manufacturing costs within the Cell & Gene Therapy and Drug Discovery markets. In line with growth, they are seeking a Product Architect to manage the development and architecture of their products. As part of the executive management team, you will initially manage a team of 3 with rapid growth to 10. What you'll be doing: Create product architecture and gain an understanding of the technical and user requirements of the product. Design, build and execute product roadmaps. Manage the engineering team, growth, and function. Development and select third-party suppliers and relationships. Work with fellow executive management team on IP development and strategy. What experience you will need to apply: Extensive engineering product development for life science technology and/or applications. Proven leadership of teams 3 in size. Sound Quality Management Systems expertise. Used to managing engineering workshops or laboratories. Any experience of microfluidic technology would be beneficial but not essential. What you’ll get in return for your experienceTo be part of a brilliant team with significant input to success, for a company dedicated to having a positive impact on human health. Commutable from Cambridge, Stevenage, Luton, North London and Hertfordshire.What’s next?If you’re looking for an exciting and challenging role for disruptive technology for medical therapies, apply now.
— Designing systems for the Process and Automation Industry.Location:WorcesterType:Salary:£70,000 - £100,000 equityR+D projects. World-leading products. Gold Investors in People accredited organisation. The company develops extremely progressive products used by Scientists & Engineers from a range of industries and organisations around the world. They are creating innovative, customer-focused solutions and services to enhance efficiency and deliver tangible economic impact through chemical, physical and structural analysis of materials. What you’ll be doing As the Project Systems Engineer, you will be supporting the development of next-generation, high-technology scientific instrumentation. You will be delivering prototype design, build, test and commissioning for process automation systems. You will need to be proficient in 2D & 3D design and have an appreciation of drawing issues controls, BOM’s, engineering control documentation, specifications, reports and technical files. Ensuring project requirements are captured and achieved while meeting all necessary safety, compliance, and technical standard, whilst working closely with the manufacturing and service teams to ensure design delivers operational efficiency. You will be working with the operations team to support the order entry, scheduling, procurement, and manufacture of the system to ensure required delivery, cost and quality requirements are met. What experience you’ll need to apply 5+ years in a system design role in the Process and Automation industry. Technical competency in mechanical, electrical, and system engineering, with an appreciation of, manufacturing engineering, control and automation, electrical installation, test and inspection, and validation. Professional CAD experience (preferably SolidEdge). Project planning. Installation and commissioning. What you’ll get in return for your experience 12-month contract open day rate or FTC. Competitive rate. Flexible working hours. Remote working options. What's next? If this sounds like the role for you, get in touch with Daniel Salway with your updated CV and we’ll handle the rest.
— - Working in a highly skilled specialist team, on a high value and leading product lineLocation:MalvernSalary:Circa £55,000Senior Systems Engineer Working in a highly skilled specialist team, on a high value and leading product line Key role working within a multi-disciplinary team Remote working 2/3 days a week Working within the development and debugging stage of next generation scientific equipment Our client is looking for a Senior Systems Engineer to join a growing team focussed on developing the next generation of scientific equipment. The company build some extremely progressive products used by Scientists, engineers, and academia from around the world. Experience/Skills you need: Systems Engineering background Ability to draw systems diagrams MATLAB, Python, C# or similar Experimental techniques and mathematical modelling Hands on diagnostic and interrogation Problem solving/R D focussed What you will be doing: The Senior Systems role will work as the bridge between the science, engineering and manufacturing teams, to help deliver the next generation of products in this section of the business. You will split your time between hands on diagnostics/debugging and development of systems, with a mechanical focus and working with suppliers and customers to overcome problems. The products value between £70,000 and £100,000 with a £10m annual value to the company. Candidates from mechanical backgrounds with the ability to understand and draw systems diagrams would suit the role particularly well, but candidates from other backgrounds are encouraged to apply. What you will get in return for your talents: You’ll be entitled to 23 days holiday (increasing to 25 with service), flexi-time (core hours 10-12 and 2-3 Monday to Friday, 37.5 hour working week) with the opportunity for remote working with a trip to the office 1-2 times a week. As well as this you’ll get a discretionary annual bonus, healthcare cash plan, life assurance 4x salary, group personal pension scheme up to 6% contribution, company subsidized membership of local health clubs. You will be eligible to participate in the company profit share scheme, cycle to work scheme, share incentive plan, free car parking and employee development. They’re an Investors in People Gold accredited business which shows their commitment to personal progression and upskilling. What’s next? If you’d like to apply or find out more, just give Dan a call.