What a Mechanical Design Engineer Does
Mechanical design engineers are responsible for creating new products. They have created a wide range of items that we use every day, from aeroplanes and cars to laptops and mobile phones. Part of the job description of mechanical design engineers is also creating and tweaking the processes used to create products.
A typical day involves working in an office setting, although there is some travel to factories and job sites involved to review dimensions for machines or to observe production lines. Mechanical design engineers must be skilled in using design software such as AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor and CATIA.
Mechanical design engineers begin a project by meeting with various people to gather information about the new project or system. They have to consult with clients to learn what product features are important to them. Other consultations are made with industry experts so that the product meets certain standards.
Design engineers then begin to develop and test models. They present the prototypes to the project manager, and they conduct further tweaks and testing until they reach a final design.
Employers of Mechanical Design Engineers
Employers of mechanical design engineers range from blue-chip companies to small-medium enterprises in the following industries: Aerospace, Architecture, Automobile, Computer and electronics, Design and engineering, Energy, Government agencies, Industrial manufacturing, Oil and gas, Scientific research and development, Transport and highways, Water treatment.
Opportunities for Growth
It’s an exciting time to be a mechanical design engineer, as the field is so dynamic and open to innovation. With organisations aiming for globalisation, there is a need to deliver products to every available market while still meeting the needs of the local market. Mechanical design engineers are faced with the challenge of meeting these needs while making the production line and systems efficient and scalable.
Mechanical design engineers have advanced software and automation to help develop more complex and innovative products. Smart technology also allows them to remotely diagnose products in the field to determine whether they are working for the intended purpose.
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