Mechanical Engineers plan, design, organise and oversee the assembly, erection, operation and maintenance of mechanical and process plant and installations.

Specialisations: Airconditioning Engineer, Building Services Engineer, Heating and Ventilation Engineer.

A bachelor degree in engineering majoring in mechanical engineering is needed to work as a Mechanical Engineer. Some Mechanical Engineers complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks

  • Designs mechanical equipment, machines, components, products for manufacture, and plant and systems for construction.
  • Develops specifications for manufacture, and determines materials, equipment, piping, material flows, capacities and layout of plant and systems.
  • Organises and manages project labour and the delivery of materials and equipment.
  • Establishes standards and policies for installation, modification, quality control, testing, inspection and maintenance according to engineering principles and safety regulations.
  • Inspects plant to ensure optimum performance is maintained.
  • Directs the maintenance of plant buildings and equipment, and co-ordinating the requirements for new designs, surveys and maintenance schedules.

More about Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

All Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

  • $2,414 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Mechanical Engineers

  • 14,000 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 92% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 5% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Mechanical Engineers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 10,200 in 2011 to 14,000 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Many Mechanical Engineers work in Western Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Manufacturing; and Mining.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (92%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 5% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Mechanical Engineers in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Mechanical Engineers.

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services29.9
Manufacturing29.9
Mining11.4
Construction7.6
Other Industries21.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateMechanical EngineersAll Jobs Average
NSW25.931.6
VIC27.425.6
QLD18.420.0
SA6.47.0
WA18.910.8
TAS1.22.0
NT0.61.0
ACT1.01.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketMechanical EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.2-5.05.0
20-246.4-9.39.3
25-3434.0-22.922.9
35-4426.1-22.022.0
45-5418.0-21.621.6
55-596.7-9.09.0
60-644.6-6.06.0
65 and Over4.1-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationMechanical EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate17.5-10.110.1
Bachelor degree60.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma8.9-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV9.2-21.121.1
Year 123.2-18.118.1
Year 110.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.5-12.512.5

A bachelor degree in engineering majoring in mechanical engineering is needed to work as a Mechanical Engineer. Some Mechanical Engineers complete postgraduate studies.

Registration may be compulsory in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

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Employers look for Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Engineering and Technology

    87% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  2. Design

    84% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  3. Mathematics

    79% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Mechanical

    78% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  5. Physics

    73% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2141.00 - Mechanical Engineers.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-Face Discussions

    99% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  2. Telephone

    95% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  3. Structured versus Unstructured Work

    92% Important

    How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

  4. Freedom to Make Decisions

    90% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

  5. Contact With Others

    89% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2141.00 - Mechanical Engineers.

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