Featured Advice
What are your interests?



Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

In this Sector

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers work with machines. They are involved at all stages of a machines lifecycle, designing, manufacturing and maintaining them as well as guiding their operation. The scale of machinery worked with can range from small to large complex networks of machines that are core to entire production plants.

Mechanical engineering interacts with many other engineering disciplines, including agricultural machinery, precision engineering, tool-making, metal fabrication and processing. Essentially any sector that makes use of heavy machinery will involve mechanical engineers. This variety means mechanical engineers work on anything from racing cars to major power generation plants.

Career Paths

The options open to you after graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering are almost endless. Many will go on to work in manufacturing of some form, with almost every manufacturing or other industrial operation requiring the input of mechanical engineers. This means you could work in aerospace, food production, energy plants or computer hardware manufacturing. Essentially anything that requires the use of machinery with moving parts will need your insight and skills.

The challenges of mechanical engineering mean graduates have a diverse and highly developed skillset, enabling to work in many areas beyond traditional mechanical engineering environments. They can be found building careers in areas such as building services, construction, project management and production design.

With over 400 engineering courses offered across undergraduate and postgraduate level, there are no shortage of entry routes to a career in engineering. Most of these courses focus on a specific field of engineering and at postgraduate level the degree of specialisation becomes greater. If you’re set on a field there is likely to be a course that will allow you to study it from the outset, but many undergraduate engineering programs offer a general entry option, allowing students to study a range of topics and make a decision on their area of focus later, with the benefit of direct experience.

Occupations in Mechanical Engineering
(sorted by Job Zone)

Mechanical Engineering Draughtsperson

Mechanical engineering draughtspeople produce detailed drawings and instructions for making mechanical products and equipment.

Building Services Engineering Technician

Building services engineering technicians help in the design, installation and maintenance of services in buildings. Services include central heating, air conditioning and lighting.

Engineering Technician - Mechanical

Designs, modifies, and tests machinery under the direction of a mechanical engineer.

Manufacturing Technician

Helps to design, develop and improve the systems that convert raw materials into finished products.

Aircraft Mechanic

Performs repairs, safety checks and maintenance on aircraft.

Agricultural Mechanic

Specialises in identifying faults, repairing, overhauling and maintaining farm tractors and farm machinery.

Mechanical Engineer

Performs engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment.

Manufacturing Engineer

Has expertise in a wide range of manufacturing technologies and computer and management control systems.

Mining / Geological Engineer

Mining and Geological Engineers apply the principles of science and engineering to extract and process natural resources like coal, iron, salt, gold and diamonds.

Mechatronic Engineer

Researches, designs, develops, or tests various automation, intelligent systems, smart devices, or industrial systems controls.

Manufacturing Production Manager

Leads and manages a team of workers involved in a manufacturing production line.

Automotive Engineer

Automotive engineering is a branch of vehicle engineering which incorporates mechanical, electrical, electric and safety elements.

Agricultural Engineer

Focused on improving farm productivity through the development and maintenance of farm machinery and the design of agricultural systems and infrastructure.

Aeronautical / Aerospace Engineer

Employed in the designing, testing and making of aircraft engines and other such aeronautical productions.