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Mechanical engineers oversee design, production, installation and servicing of machinery, tools and components. Any mechanical system in existence will have been overseen by a mechanical engineer at some stage. They can work in a vast range of industries, principally manufacturing, although other key sectors include construction, resources and medicine.
There are three principle types of mechanical engineer, each one responsible for a different element of a process.
Mechanical engineering is an extremely broad discipline and engineers can work not only across many fields, but they can specialise in working on any number of mechanical products, from the very largest (wind turbines) to the smallest (smoke alarms). There are also numerous sub-disciplines that mechanical engineers can specialise in.
Most work is office based but it can involve time in manufacturing plants, laboratories and at testing facilities.
The industry is regulated by the Engineering Council.