Plant and Mechanical Engineers design, install and repair plant machinery and parts.
The Role
  • Designing and implementing equipment modifications to help improve safety and reliability
  • Investigating and testing ideas to improve existing systems or to overcome machinery problems
  • Making parts and installing and testing machinery
  • Carrying out maintenance and identifying and repairing faults in equipment
  • Solving complex problems with manufacturing departments, sub-contractors, suppliers and customers
  • Managing projects
  • Planning and designing new production processes
  • Working with other professionals, within and outside the engineering sector
  • Monitoring and commissioning plant and systems
  • A newly trained plant & mechanical engineer can earn in the region of £25,000 - £30,000
  • Trained with experience plant & mechanical engineers can earn in the region of £30,000 - £40,000
  • Senior plant & mechanical engineers can earn in the region of £40,000 - £50,000
Salaries will vary depending on location / employer.
Qualifications & Training
To get into mechanical engineering you will usually be required to have a degree. Degrees in mechanical engineering, engineering science, aeronautical engineering, agricultural engineering, computer-aided engineering, manufacturing engineering or nuclear engineering are looked upon favourably by employers. It is useful if your first degree or masters is accredited by a relevant professional body, such as the Institution of Mechanical Engineers as it can help you to achieve the status of chartered engineer at a later date. It is possible to enter the career as a trainee without a degree but you would need to build up the necessary skills and knowledge, and possibly take higher qualifications, to work up to the role of mechanical engineer.