How To Become A Mechanical Engineer

Wednesday, 8 September, 2021 - 14:18
Terrique Faro
Mechanical Engineer working on a task

In order to succeed as a mechanical engineer, students require a higher education qualification, practical training and gaining hands-on experience within the industry. 


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How to become a Mechanical Engineer

Getting a qualification in engineering

In order to have an entry-level position in mechanical engineering, students require a bachelor’s degree. Employers prefer candidates that have a bachelor’s degree in the related field. Completing a two-year program can also help pave your career pathway and provide transferable academic credits towards completing a bachelor’s degree at a later stage.  

Gaining experience

Students can build their working experience when they are in their 4th year of completing their bachelor’s degree. They will have learnt the necessary skills to execute the task or project at hand. Through internships or apprenticeships, students will gain the hands-on experience they need in order to succeed in their career field of mechanical engineering. 

Finding a job in the lucrative mechanical engineering field

Engineering skills are in high demand in and throughout South Africa. Most mechanical engineers work in an office environment alongside other engineering specialists. Having the skills and experience is vital as employers seek engineers that have the qualifications and experience when reviewing their profiles. It is one of the most technical engineering fields and new engineers must work beneath a senior supervisor for a couple of years. The career pathway of a mechanical engineer is to provide a high level of independence and responsibility when working on various project scopes.

With all the above-mentioned, the mechanical engineering industry is constantly evolving and adding new technology and processes to their industry. Therefore, mechanical engineers need to continuously find ways to renew and develop their skills and knowledge to keep up with the latest industry trends and changes. 

You may also want to read: Where To Study Mechanical Engineering

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