Mechanical Engineers

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Mechanical Engineers

Mechanical Engineers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, mechanical engineers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • 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.

Work Performance

  • 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.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.