Engineers design and give advice on the building and repair of machines and tools. They also investigate problems and faults with machinery.
What do Engineers do at work?
- Carry out investigations of existing systems and prepare reports based on findings.
- Research the use of energy sources, machinery and materials.
- Study the environmental and safety aspects of planned work.
- Prepare plans and drawings of machines or machine parts.
- Use computer-aided design (CAD) software to design and model plans.
- Prepare and calculate cost estimates for jobs.
- Supervise the building, installation, repair and replacement of systems.
- Review and test new systems.
Skills and knowledge
- Knowledge of mechanical processes
- Knowledge of physics, electronics and thermodynamics (how energy is converted to heat to make machinery move)
- Knowledge of different gases
- Knowledge of safety regulations and quality standards
- Mathematical modelling skills
- Knowledge of any relevant legislation such as the Resource Management Act, the New Zealand Building Code, local by-laws and town planning regulations
- Computer skills, including the ability to use computer-aided design (CAD) software.
- Communication skills including presenting and report writing.
To become a mechanical engineer you usually need to have a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical).
However, some companies may employ people who have a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering and relevant work experience.
NCEA Level 3 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include Digital and Visual communication, English, Maths, Physics and Chemistry.
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$50,000 - $180,000