What Does A Mechanical Engineer Do?
These professionals design power-producing machines. These can include electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines. Also they can also design power-using machines, such as refrigeration and air-conditioning systems. They design other machines inside buildings, such as elevators and escalators.

What Will I Be Responsible For?
The activities performed by mechanical engineers generally include analysing problems, designing mechanical tools and equipment. They also develop and test prototypes, and then oversee the manufacturing process. They develop technologies in this field including nanotechnology, biomechanics and acoustical engineering. The sectors that most need these skilled professionals range from medical devices, medtech, manufacturing and construction. Key skills include excellent technical and interpersonal skills in order to agree budgets, timescales and specifications with clients, as well as writing reports and providing technical advice.

While overseeing the manufacturing process, you will need to review challenges and identify how to resolve them, design or redesign systems using CAD (computer aided design). You will investigate equipment failures and recommend solutions.

How Do I Become a Mechanical Engineer?
You will need a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. This can take on average four to five years. Those who wish to progress as chartered professionals must gain an Institution of Mechanical Engineers accredited degree to M.Eng level, plus carry out a minimum of four years’ work experience. 

How Much Can I Expect To Earn?
The average salary in Ireland is 55,000 but the average salary is higher in Dublin & the lowest reported salaries are in Cork. Please note this is based on Indeed.com and salaries will be based on experience and qualifications.

How Do I Progress My Career As A Mechanical Engineer?
Speak to our experienced recruitment professionals at HERO Recruitment today about your career or to find more about what job opportunities there are for mechanical engineers across Ireland.