In a typical work setting, mechanical engineers:
- Have a high level of social interaction. They spend a large part of their day talking to clients or coworkers about projects.
- Communicate by telephone, e-mail, letters, memos, and in person on a daily basis.
- Regularly work as part of a group or work team.
- Are responsible for work outcomes and results of other workers.
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- Have some responsibility for the health and safety of others. The equipment they design must be safe.
Physical Work Conditions
- Almost always work indoors.
- Are sometimes exposed to hazardous equipment. They may wear safety attire, such as masks and hard hats, to protect themselves.
- May on occasion be exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable.
- Work near others. They often share the same office space with other engineers.
- Must be highly accurate and thorough in performing the job. Errors could seriously endanger the safety of those who use their products.
- Make decisions that strongly affect their employer and clients. This is because they rarely consult a supervisor before deciding a course of action.
- Set most daily tasks and goals without talking to a supervisor first.
- Work in a moderately competitive atmosphere. They abide by strict weekly deadlines.
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- Repeat the same activities.
- Generally work a set schedule.
- Work 40 hours per week.
- Often work longer hours to meet project deadlines.