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Mechanical Engineer

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Mechanical engineers design, develop, install and operate a wide range of machinery and mechanical equipment, ranging in size from small components to large plant and vehicles.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

The starting salary for mechanical engineers at graduate entry is usually £19,000 to £27,000 a year. With experience this can rise up to £60,000 a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

There are job opportunities for mechanical engineers in a very wide range of organisations such as manufacturing companies, the construction industry, transport companies, defence industries, energy companies, the Civil Service and other public bodies such as local authorities and the National Health Service (NHS).

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
6627
1.7 %
RISE
2023
6739
  United Kingdom
2018
65426
2.4 %
RISE
2023
67014

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Engineering Council sets and maintains the standards of the engineering profession in the UK. It does so through 35 professional engineering institutions which are Licensed Members of the Engineering Council.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers website has more information on careers in engineering.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Engineering Council
Tel: 020 3206 0500
Website: http://www.engc.org.uk/
Twitter: @EngCouncil

EngineeringUK
Tel: 020 3206 0400
Website: http://www.engineeringuk.com
Twitter: @_EngineeringUK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TomorrowsEngineers

Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Tel: 020 7222 7899
E-mail: enquiries@imeche.org
Website: http://www.imeche.org
Twitter: @IMechE
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/imeche

Science Council
Tel: 020 3434 2020
E-mail: enquiries@sciencecouncil.org
Website: http://www.sciencecouncil.org/
Website (2): http://www.futuremorph.org/
Twitter: @Science_Council

The Science Council promotes the advancement and dissemination of knowledge of and education in science, technology, mathematics, computing and information technology. It awards the designation of Chartered Scientist (CSci) to those candidates who can meet the high standards required.

SEMTA (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
E-mail: customerservices@semta.org.uk
Website: http://www.semta.org.uk/
Twitter: @SemtaSkills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SemtaSkills?ref=hl

SEMTA is the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies.

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