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?
- 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.
Find out more about training.
Engineering New Zealand
(04) 473 9444 - email@example.com - www.engineeringnz.org
$50,000 - $180,000