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Plant and Mechanical Engineers design, install and repair plant machinery and parts.

Average salaries are in the region of £25,000.00 to £50,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Plant and Mechanical Engineers design, install and repair plant machinery and parts.They work in a number of different industries including construction and manufacturing and boast a wide range of skills.

What they do

Within the construction industry, Plant and Mechanical Engineers are vital in providing efficient solutions to the development of processes and products, ranging from small component designs to extremely large machinery or vehicles.

Typical tasks include:

  • 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

Hours & Salary

Salaries will depend on employers, experience and location. 

Most full time positions are 37 to 40 hours a week.


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Qualifications & Training

What qualifications or subjects do I need for this role?

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.

What if I don't have a degree?

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.

Want to find out more?

Try our Matching Service for work experience opportunities in your local area, with new opportunities being added on a regular basis. 

Looking for a vacancy?

Here are some construction vacancy websites that you may find useful: 

UK Jobs Network

Universal Jobsmatch

The number of jobs vacancies related to your preferred job role may vary daily, as these are external websites. Check regularly to see new opportunities as they are posted.

Career trends and forecasts

2,460 additional staff needed

According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need an additional 2460 Plant Mechanics/Fitters (which includes Plant & Mechanical Engineers) every year for the period 2017 - 2021.  The highest demand will be in the South East followed by East England, North West, Wales and Scotland.

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