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Mechanical Engineering Technologist

Year 12 Preferred University Course Subject Prerequisites

Mechanical engineering technologists design, inspect, manage and test technologies, systems and procedures in mining, manufacturing or processing industry plants.

Mechanical engineering technologists work in offices, technical laboratories or workshops, or on site.

They work in teams with engineers, technicians and tradespeople.

TASKS

    Mechanical engineering technologists may perform the following tasks:

  • design engineering factories and equipment
  • supervise the maintenance of factories and equipment
  • apply testing and monitoring equipment to determine the condition of operating equipment
  • use computers as tools for routine design and analysis
  • analyse and interpret engineering information and data
  • prepare reports for engineering management
  • work with professional engineers to ensure the engineering plant is operating efficiently
  • advise employers and clients on the application of new technologies

PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • enjoy technical and engineering activities
  • able to identify, analyse and solve problems
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • aptitude for computing and design
  • practical and creative
  • able to work independently or as part of a team

Interest Area

Scientific Technical/Engineering Figures/Computational

EDUCATION & TRAINING


Year 12 Preferred University Course Subject Prerequisites

To become a mechanical engineering technologist you usually have to complete an engineering science or engineering technology degree at university with a major in mechanical engineering. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your HSC/ACT Year 12. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, chemistry and physics are normally required.

A number of universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas.

Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information as requirements may change.

Mechanical engineering degrees are also available, and offer appropriate training for entry to this occupation. See the separate entry for Mechanical Engineer.


Additional Information

    Graduates may be eligible for membership of Engineers Australia. Registration may be required. Contact Engineers Australia for further information.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Mechanical engineering technologists work in the manufacturing, electricity, gas and water industries, and in architectural and technical services and consulting engineering firms. Most work is located in metropolitan areas.

Firms vary in size from small operations to large government enterprises. Many people work on a contract basis and may need to change their job and location often. A major area of employment is engineering drafting.

With further training and experience, it is possible to become a professional engineer.

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