Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical engineers use engineering principles to design procedures, products and machinery to make them more efficient and functional. They work throughout a machinery’s life cycle including its design, development, installation, testing and maintenance. Agriculture mechanical engineers focus on agricultural systems such as farming systems.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Analyze problems and determine how engineering principles can be applied to solve them
  • Manage the overall design, draft and fabrication drawings of mechanical devices
  • Review and develop mechanical specifications and troubleshooting plans
  • Development of technical documents such as testing procedures and manuals
  • Keep accurate records of repair, maintenance and sale
  • Assist with the training and implementation of mechanical maintenance programs
  • Assist in the oversight of mechanical construction activities
  • Develop materials for the checkout and start-up of the facility
  • Manage one or more specific portions of work of a project
  • Assume responsibilities of a maintenance engineer (engineers who install, troubleshoot and repair equipment)
  • Lead maintenance work processes
  • Analyze how a mechanical device could be used to help solve problems
  • Work with computer software to develop 3D designs and perform calculations
  • Design ways to test procedures, products and machinery
  • Develop and test prototypes of new machinery
  • Analyze test results and change designs as needed
  • Oversee the manufacturing process

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education, especially agricultural mechanics
  • mathematics
  • physics

Education/Training Required:

Mechanical engineers have, at minimum, obtained a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or a similar engineering field such as chemical, civil, agricultural or environmental engineering.

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