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Mechanical Engineers

ANZSCO ID 233512

Overview

All Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

  • $2,414 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth

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

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.

You need a bachelor degree in engineering majoring in mechanical engineering to work as a Mechanical Engineer. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

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.

Prospects

Pathways

You need a bachelor degree in engineering majoring in mechanical engineering to work as a Mechanical Engineer. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

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

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Skills & Knowledge

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

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  2. Technical 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.

  6. Computers and electronics

    67% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  7. Administration and management

    57% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  8. English language

    57% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  9. Chemistry

    56% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  10. Education and training

    51% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  11. Clerical

    51% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  12. Production and processing

    49% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  13. Customer and personal service

    48% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  14. Telecommunications

    37% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  15. Building and construction

    36% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  16. Public safety and security

    35% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  17. Personnel and human resources

    35% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  18. Sales and marketing

    33% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  19. Law and government

    32% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  20. Economics and accounting

    25% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Mathematics

    70% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  2. Reading comprehension

    70% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Complex problem solving

    68% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  4. Operations analysis

    66% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  5. Science

    66% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  6. Active learning

    63% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  7. Critical thinking

    61% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  8. Monitoring

    61% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  9. Judgment and decision making

    59% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  10. Active listening

    57% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  11. Quality control analysis

    57% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  12. Writing

    57% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  13. Systems analysis

    55% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  14. Systems evaluation

    55% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  15. Speaking

    55% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  16. Technology design

    54% Skill level

    Designing and improving equipment and technology.

  17. Operation monitoring

    54% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  18. Time management

    52% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  19. Coordination with others

    50% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  20. Persuasion

    50% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Deductive reasoning

    70% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  2. Oral comprehension

    70% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Oral expression

    70% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  4. Mathematics

    68% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  5. Written comprehension

    68% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  6. Sorting or ordering

    63% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  7. Working with numbers

    61% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  8. Inductive reasoning

    59% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  9. Problem spotting

    59% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  10. Categorising

    59% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  11. Written expression

    59% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  12. Near vision

    57% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  13. Originality

    57% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  14. Brainstorming

    55% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  15. Visualization

    55% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  16. Speech recognition

    54% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  17. Speech clarity

    48% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  18. Flexibility of closure

    48% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  19. Perceptual speed

    48% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  20. Far vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    71% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  2. Communicating within a team

    69% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  3. Collecting and organising information

    68% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  4. Thinking creatively

    67% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  5. Making decisions and solving problems

    66% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  6. Making sense of information and ideas

    66% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  7. Building good relationships

    62% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  8. Monitoring people, processes and things

    61% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  9. Researching and investigating

    61% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  10. Planning and prioritising work

    61% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  11. Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts

    60% Skill level

    Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

  12. Giving expert advice

    58% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  13. Working with computers

    57% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  14. Assessing and evaluating things

    56% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  15. Coordinating the work of a team

    52% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  16. Documenting or recording information

    52% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  17. Communicating with the public

    50% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  18. Training and teaching others

    49% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    48% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  20. Checking for errors or defects

    40% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

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.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    99% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Telephone

    95% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Unstructured work

    92% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    90% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. Contact with people

    89% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  6. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    89% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  7. Being exact or accurate

    87% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  8. Electronic mail

    86% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  9. Teamwork

    84% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  10. Frequent decision making

    83% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  11. Indoors, heat controlled

    83% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  12. Impact of decisions

    77% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  13. Time pressure

    76% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  14. Lead or coordinate a team

    76% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  15. Competition

    71% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  16. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    70% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  17. Repeating same tasks

    70% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  18. Spend time sitting

    69% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  19. Responsible for outcomes

    67% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  20. Physically close to people

    67% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Recognition

    81% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  2. Achievement

    76% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  3. Independence

    76% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Working conditions

    74% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Relationships

    67% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  6. Support

    67% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    95% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    90% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    57% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Creative

    38% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Helping

    29% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Enterprising

    24% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

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.

All Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

  • $2,414 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth

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

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.

You need a bachelor degree in engineering majoring in mechanical engineering to work as a Mechanical Engineer. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

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.

You need a bachelor degree in engineering majoring in mechanical engineering to work as a Mechanical Engineer. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

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

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

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

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  2. Technical 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.

  6. Computers and electronics

    67% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  7. Administration and management

    57% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  8. English language

    57% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  9. Chemistry

    56% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  10. Education and training

    51% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  11. Clerical

    51% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  12. Production and processing

    49% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  13. Customer and personal service

    48% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  14. Telecommunications

    37% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  15. Building and construction

    36% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  16. Public safety and security

    35% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  17. Personnel and human resources

    35% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  18. Sales and marketing

    33% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  19. Law and government

    32% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  20. Economics and accounting

    25% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Mathematics

    70% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  2. Reading comprehension

    70% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Complex problem solving

    68% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  4. Operations analysis

    66% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  5. Science

    66% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  6. Active learning

    63% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  7. Critical thinking

    61% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  8. Monitoring

    61% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  9. Judgment and decision making

    59% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  10. Active listening

    57% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  11. Quality control analysis

    57% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  12. Writing

    57% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  13. Systems analysis

    55% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  14. Systems evaluation

    55% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  15. Speaking

    55% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  16. Technology design

    54% Skill level

    Designing and improving equipment and technology.

  17. Operation monitoring

    54% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  18. Time management

    52% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  19. Coordination with others

    50% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  20. Persuasion

    50% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Deductive reasoning

    70% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  2. Oral comprehension

    70% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Oral expression

    70% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  4. Mathematics

    68% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  5. Written comprehension

    68% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  6. Sorting or ordering

    63% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  7. Working with numbers

    61% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  8. Inductive reasoning

    59% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  9. Problem spotting

    59% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  10. Categorising

    59% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  11. Written expression

    59% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  12. Near vision

    57% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  13. Originality

    57% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  14. Brainstorming

    55% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  15. Visualization

    55% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  16. Speech recognition

    54% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  17. Speech clarity

    48% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  18. Flexibility of closure

    48% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  19. Perceptual speed

    48% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  20. Far vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    71% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  2. Communicating within a team

    69% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  3. Collecting and organising information

    68% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  4. Thinking creatively

    67% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  5. Making decisions and solving problems

    66% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  6. Making sense of information and ideas

    66% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  7. Building good relationships

    62% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  8. Monitoring people, processes and things

    61% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  9. Researching and investigating

    61% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  10. Planning and prioritising work

    61% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  11. Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts

    60% Skill level

    Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

  12. Giving expert advice

    58% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  13. Working with computers

    57% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  14. Assessing and evaluating things

    56% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  15. Coordinating the work of a team

    52% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  16. Documenting or recording information

    52% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  17. Communicating with the public

    50% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  18. Training and teaching others

    49% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    48% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  20. Checking for errors or defects

    40% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

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.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    99% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Telephone

    95% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Unstructured work

    92% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    90% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. Contact with people

    89% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  6. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    89% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  7. Being exact or accurate

    87% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  8. Electronic mail

    86% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  9. Teamwork

    84% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  10. Frequent decision making

    83% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  11. Indoors, heat controlled

    83% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  12. Impact of decisions

    77% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  13. Time pressure

    76% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  14. Lead or coordinate a team

    76% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  15. Competition

    71% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  16. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    70% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  17. Repeating same tasks

    70% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  18. Spend time sitting

    69% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  19. Responsible for outcomes

    67% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  20. Physically close to people

    67% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Recognition

    81% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  2. Achievement

    76% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  3. Independence

    76% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Working conditions

    74% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Relationships

    67% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  6. Support

    67% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    95% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    90% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    57% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Creative

    38% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Helping

    29% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Enterprising

    24% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

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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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