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Why become a Mechanical Engineer?

11/09 2017Posted by: 4mat Admin Subscribe to this blog


The world of engineering is dynamic and offers plenty of opportunity for job seekers. From gas service and repair engineers through to those who focus on electrical maintenance, there are plenty of different areas of expertise within RWE.

If you're nearing the end of your studies and are considering the right career for you, or simply want to know more about the different types of engineering opportunities available at RWE, you may be interested in mechanical engineering. Here's what you need to know about this hands-on technical role.

It offers a variety of opportunities 

Mechanical engineering is one of the most diverse of all the engineering disciplines, largely because it is used in almost all industries. A Mechanical Engineer is responsible for many elements of the design, analysis, manufacture and maintenance of mechanical systems, using problem-solving skills to help develop processes and products. People who work in this industry can be involved in research and development, design and manufacture and installation and final commissioning, focusing on everything from small components of a moving process through to large machines and plants. Because the role of a mechanical engineer is required in so many industries and organisations, there’s huge scope for you to develop your career and focus on a niche that interests you most, such as power station engineering.

Every day is different

At RWE UK, a Mechanical Engineer delivers engineering projects in both their key designated areas and those that benefit the wider business. An ME works as part of team that delivers engineering and maintenance strategy, balancing health, safety and environmental requirements along with the core maintenance and technician work.

Days can be incredibly varied – one day you might be focusing on the development of a continuous improvement programme, while the next you will be supporting teams on site and checking the corporate compliance of one of our mechanical plants. You may be involved in the design and implementation of equipment and process modifications, improving production techniques or researching cost-effective alternatives to certain systems, depending on the industry you move into.

You’ll develop brilliant skills

To be a successful Mechanical Engineer, you need to pay close attention to policies to ensure plant safety and compliance, learning and upskilling as policies develop. This keeps your industry knowledge sharp and ensures you’re always up to date with changes in legislation.

You'll need to be safety-focused, methodical and have a strong eye for detail. You'll also need to have great communication skills, as you'll be interacting with many different business functions and may be involved facilitating meetings with various stakeholders. You also need to be comfortable with new locations, as this role typically requires travel and working away from home.

Most Mechanical Engineers are qualified to a minimum of HNC level in an engineering discipline, with some knowledge of relevant engineering and maintenance procedures for the area in which you wish to work. You'll be cost-conscious with some budget control skills, with a good level of technological expertise. At RWE, we also look for those who have knowledge of the gas power station industry, including relevant areas of machinery and operations, but offer excellent training and development to ensure everyone feels comfortable in their roles.

You’ll work at a company that’s ahead of the curve


At RWE, we know that our people are the spark that keeps the business running. We have positions ranging from our coveted graduate schemes through to more senior roles, and are always on the look out for people who are skilled and interested in energy and electricity.

We've invested billions of pounds into some of Europe's most high-tech and efficient power stations, and we're leading the way when it comes to offering a variety of energy sources. Our portfolio includes coal, oil, biomass and gas-fired stations around the UK, plus Combined Heat and Power plants. This gives you plenty of options when it comes to planning your career. We offer competitive salaries and benefits packages, plus excellent development support as you progress your career.

For more information on working at RWE UK, click here. If you’re interested in the engineering roles we currently have available, take a look here.
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