Mechanical engineers design machines and mechanical installations and evaluate installed machinery, processes and products. Mechanical engineers in the minerals and energy industry may design and construct new machines, equipment or systems for major projects.
Mechanical Engineers use CAD (Computer Aided Design) software to design plants. They supervise and manage the working of production plants (eg coal handling, power stations) and set up work control systems.
Mechanical engineers in the minerals industry may perform tasks including:
- Undertaking the design and construction of resource development projects;
- Designing new machines, equipment or systems taking into account costs, and material suitability;
- Conducting research into the use and application of different fuels and energy, materials, heating, handling, storage and pumping of liquids, and
- Setting up work control systems.
Mechanical Engineer 3+ years exp: $75,000 — $130,000
Site Engineer: $75,000 — $130,000
Project Engineer: $85,000 — $140,000
Entry to these occupations is generally through a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience, such as Vac Work, is also required.
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