Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering deals mostly with things that move and is concerned with the design, contruction and operation of engines and machines. Mechanical engineers investigate problems and faults with machinery, and study ways to improve manufacturing and energy production. Engineers work in many different industries designing things such as automobiles, aircraft, heating and cooling systems, household appliances, industrial equipment and machinery, and weapons systems.

To become a mechnical engineer you will neeed to complete an engineering apprenticeship and achieve a National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering. Completing Engineering Gateway units at school could be the first step in this exciting career.

Engineers are usually technically minded, and like figuring out how things work and how they fit together. So, if you enjoy technical subjects, are curious about how things work and practical with problem solving skills, then you could make a great engineer.

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Key Skills

These unit standards will give you the key skills you need for a job in fabrication, steel construction, maintenance and diagnostics, toolmaking, metalcasting, heating, refrigeration, airconditioning, fitting and machining.


Learn about the different materials used in mechanical engineering, like wood, rubber, plastic, concrete, polymers and metals.
Learn about the different types of welding techniques, like MIG welding and oxyacetylene welding.