Career Pathways for a Mechanical Engineer-Infographic

Job Pathways for a Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineer Job Roles

Mechanical Engineering is extremely versatile when it comes to career choices post graduate studies. The industrial sectors in which a Mechanical Engineer can serve are not limited to the following:

  1. Oil and Gas
  2. Automotive
  3. Aerospace
  4. Power Generation
  5. Chemical process
  6. Renewable Energy
  7. Machining and Fabrication
  8. Robotics
  9. Education and Research

With the sheer number of sectors ready to absorb Mechanical Engineers, it is extremely unlikely for  students not to find jobs short time after they graduate.

The following segment is about nature of Mechanical Engineering jobs, the required skills and the advertised job roles.


Skills Required:
CAD, CAE, FEA, Heat Transfer, Stress Analysis, Thermofluids

Job Roles

  • Structural Engineer
  • CFD Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • HVAC Engineer
  • Piping Engineer


Skills Required:
Machine Design, Engineering Systems, Control and Instrumentation

Job Roles

  • Power Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Systems Engineer


Skills Required:
Industrial Engineering, Mechatronics, Production/ Operation Management

Job Roles

  • Production Engineer
  • Fabrication Engineer
  • Drilling Engineer


Skills Required:
Project Management, Spread Sheet Calculations

Job Roles

  • Project Engineer
  • Logistics Engineer
  • Project Manager

Sales and Others

Skills Required:
Spread Sheet Calculations, Modelling and Simulation

Job Roles

  • Quality Manager
  • Safety, Health and Environment Manager
  • Financial Forecaster
  • Sales Engineer

Many successful Mechanical Engineer will inform graduating students to look for jobs first. i.e. they should not look to pursue post-graduate studies.  As there are so many sectors to choose from and a variety of roles, it is important for graduates to find their feet in the industry and select and area where they think they can excel. Unless students are looking to complete doctorate studies (PhD), enrolling immediately for a post-graduate program is not advisable in many cases. This is because often job experience is more desirable to employers than a post-graduate degree.

Many Engineering students like white-collar jobs and would like to design or analyse objects on a computers. Others like more hands on experience and are content with jobs in machine jobs or  roles overlooking production lines. Whatever the case, once a particular area has been identified and reasonable experience gained a student should then look to specialize in that particular area through post-graduate studies.

This infograhic is basic but does provide a good snapshot information on Mechanical Engineering Job Roles

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