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Mechanical Engineer

A Mechanical Engineer, or Facilities Mechanical Engineer, designs, builds and tests various mechanical devices, like industrial machines, transportation systems and robotics equipment. Their main duties include locating problems with various machinery, conducting experiments to improve different product designs and using CAD technology to build product designs.

  • Identifying deficiencies in mechanical processes and developing improvements
  • Designing and developing prototypes
  • Analyzing and testing prototypes and each revision of a device
  • Supervising the development of computer-aided design (CAD) project drawings from junior team members
  • Developing, initiating and managing all phases of projects
  • Preparing documentation of critical analysis and providing suggestions for correcting errors
  • Collaborating with Project Managers for proper allocation and tracking of resources

Mechanical Engineer skills and qualifications

These professionals need a variety of technical skills, industry knowledge and soft skills to work with team members in creating effective products and devices. These skills often include:
  • Knowledge of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and other mechanical engineering concepts
  • Excellent math skills, including advanced geometry, calculus and physics
  • Familiarity with CAD and other mechanical design software
  • Creative thinking and innovation
  • Advanced problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Great interpersonal skills and teamwork abilities
  • Effective verbal and written communication
  • Commercial awareness, including an understanding of target user and market
  • Ability to work under pressure