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Mechanical Engineer



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  • Case Study »
    • Ashique is a Senior Mechanical Engineer specialising in anything that moves (machinery) and creating controlled fired equipment. He is involved from early ideas of a project, through design, construction and to plant start up.
    • On a day to day basis, Ashique is involved in the selection and specification of equipment which is fed into every project. In order for him to do this most effectively and efficiently, Ashique keeps myself updated with the advancing technologies through visiting manufacturers and attending training or seminars at conferences and universities across the world.
    • A key part of his role is the development of all documents allowing the purchase of equipment and follow throughout design, manufacturing, testing and installation at the plant.

  • Did you know? »
    • Whether it is visiting manufacturers or operational plants around the world, Ashique has the opportunity to travel.
    • There are new challenges every day, this makes engineering an exciting career choice.
    • Machinery is the heart of any processing plant.
    • Machinery incorporates all engineering skills – electrical engineering, instrumentation and control, structures, materials and aeronautics.

  • Routes »


    • You could do a higher national diploma or degree in mechanical engineering, electromechanical engineering, mechatronics, engineering manufacturing.
    • Some courses include a year working in industry. This experience could be useful when you start applying for jobs after finishing your course.
    • You could also arrange your own work placement with a company.


    • You could do a Level 4 and 5 Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at college before looking for work.


    • You may be able to get into this career by doing a manufacturing engineer degree apprenticeship.

  • Entry Requirements »


    • 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including maths and physics


    • 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course


    • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
  • Skills and Knowledge »
    • Maths, Physics & Chemistry are key subjects
    • Creative mind-set
    • Willingness to learn and improve continuously
    • Being Adaptable to varying challenges
    • Prepared to travel

  • 10 reasons why »
    1. Challenging and rewarding - every project is different
    2. Satisfaction when everything fits in correctly
    3. Opportunity to travel the world and work with new people
    4. Working in a multinational and multicultural environment
    5. Transferable skills – ability to work in other industries
    6. On the job training and continuous development
    7. Recognition for the profession through the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
    8. Financially rewarding
    9. Do my bit to protect the environment: Advancement in technology allows me to select equipment with reduced environmental emissions
    10. Ability to become Chartered, a globally recognised engineering milestone

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Being a mechanical engineer allow you to appreciate the science and complexity of equipment, and also the sense of satisfaction when everything falls in place.