Mechanical Engineering Skills: Here’s What Employers Are Looking For

CHI Engineering

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With broad expertise in designing, engineering and project management, mechanical engineers are needed in a variety of industries. For those interested in a career at a company like CHI, we’ve outlined the mechanical engineering skills that every employer will look for, including education and experience levels.

Common Responsibilities

Mechanical engineers are responsible for developing, designing and managing all mechanical aspects of a project. For example, in the LNG industry this includes liquefaction, storage, truck transfer and vaporization systems.

Some more specific responsibilities include:

  • Authoring design, procurement and operations specifications for equipment and systems.
  • Systematic analysis of piping stress, pressure vessel nozzles, vapor dispersions and thermal radiation.
  • Reviewing calculations, equipment specifications, requisitions and drawings.

In the beginning stages of a project, mechanical engineers respond to client requests with cost estimates and proposals. They also may need to work closely with civil, electrical, process and controls engineers.

Weekly duties include updating project managers on the status, budget and schedule of a project. Mechanical engineers should have proficient computer literacy in MS Office and MS Project software. They are also expected to display technical proficiency and code expertise in their field.

Education & Experience

Education is a must-have for any engineer. Mechanical engineers should have at least a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering but many receive a master’s degree.

While a Professional Engineering license isn’t required for many mechanical engineering positions, it’s always a plus! Engineering firms also look highly upon candidates who have several years of hands-on experience in their chosen field.

Engineering firms will look for mechanical engineers with design experience in certain areas like LNG, natural gas, and petrochemical systems.

Skills & Traits

In addition to proficiency in mechanical engineering practices, site/field experience and equipment knowledge, there are a few other skills that employers look for:

Communication
Mechanical engineering can involve some complex projects and ideas. Clients, subcontractors and co-workers may not be familiar with mechanical engineering, so good oral and written communication skills are vital.

Time Management
With schedules to stick to and deadlines to meet, the ability to efficiently manage time is a key trait for all types of engineers. Employers will look for consistency, self-discipline and the ability to set priorities. This includes daily tasks like showing up for meetings on time and being able to balance a hectic day.

Creativity & Curiosity
Mechanical engineers are usually very curious people by nature, which is a beneficial quality to have in a job that requires problem solving. Since they are responsible for designing and managing entire projects, a high-level of creativity and an explorative personality are also great qualities to have.

CHI Engineering is Looking for Mechanical Engineers!

CHI Engineering just might be one of the best kept secrets in New Hampshire. Named the Seacoast’s Best Engineering Firm in 2017, we’re passionate about helping each and every one of our employees succeed.

We offer incredible benefits, including:

  • Aspiring Leadership Program for motivated potential leaders
  • Health and dental insurance
  • 401(k) plans
  • Profit sharing
  • Paid time off and paid holidays
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Company paid short- and long-term disability
  • Life and AD&D insurance
  • A collaborative, friendly team environment!

If you’re a mechanical engineer with the skillsets, education and experience mentioned above, we want to hear from you! We’re actively looking for engineers like you to join our growing team.

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