05/07/2021

Categories: Mechanical Engineering, Undergradute

Day in the Life of a Mechanical Engineer

It sounds fancy and exciting, but what’s it really like to work in mechanical engineering? Here we give you a glimpse into a typical day on the job!

The BEng Hons Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Bolton is perfect for students who did well in maths and science for their Level 3 subjects. Our course has been awarded professional accreditation by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and is the first step in helping you achieve your Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

So what would a typical day look like for those pursuing mechanical engineering jobs? Here’s a look at what your weekly responsibilities could look like on a mechanical engineering career path.

 

Planning and designing processes

As a mechanical engineer, you will spend a lot of time planning and designing new processes or equipment modifications. This means that your mind has to be sharp and you always have to be on your A-game.

Conceptualising, testing and reviewing are core skills that you need to be successful. It’s a profession that really relies on brain power, so it’s important to look after your wellbeing, and to always get plenty of rest before work.

If you’re a thinker, as well as a doer, embarking on the mechanical engineering career path could be for you.

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Troubleshooting and analysis

Another common task for engineers is troubleshooting problems, looking at issues in products or production processes, and finding ways to improve. This is where your analytical skills come in handy.

Most mechanical engineering jobs demand an analytical mind, and the logic from maths and science will give you the tools to create reviews and make assessments. Testing is a big part of product design, and it will be your job to make sure what you design is resilient and robust.

Lots of collaborative brainstorming

Working in teams is essential, and is just as important as being able to work autonomously. For many mechanical engineers, it’s vital to bring a range of ideas together. So week to week, you could be joining or leading group sessions where brainstorming and conceptualisation are required.

Engineering is all about finding solutions to problems. By working in teams, you can bounce ideas around and find innovative ways to overcome challenges.

That’s why at the University of Bolton, we put emphasis on soft skills, and we help our students develop communication skills that are transferable for any workplace.

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Training of other staff members

There’s another reason why soft skills are so important in this line of work. As you progress on the mechanical engineering career path, you will be required to share your knowledge with other members of the team.

For those who are interested in progression, it pays to be good with people. And as you take on more senior positions, the need for great leadership will become apparent. This is why it’s beneficial to work on those traits early on in your career.

The BEng Hons Mechanical Engineering course at the University of Bolton can lead to a number of mechanical engineering jobs upon graduation. But it can also be a platform for postgraduate study if you plan to move into a management role.

To find out more about applying in September 2021, head over to our course page.

Or if you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1204 903 394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk.

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