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
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.