- What do researchers do? Labour market information
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- Mechanical engineer
Between 2006 and 2009, 1.0% of employed doctoral graduates, or 135 employed doctoral graduates, are known to have been working as mechanical engineers six months after graduation.
Doctoral level mechanical engineers are most commonly found in research roles outside the HE sector, although some are involved in HE research.
Mechanical engineers use engineering principles to provide efficient solutions to the development of processes and products, ranging from small component designs to extremely large plant, machinery or vehicles. They can work on all stages of a product, from research and development to design and manufacture, through to installation and final commissioning. Most industries rely on mechanical systems and mechanical engineering is thought to be one of the most diverse of all engineering disciplines, with employment opportunities available in a wide range of sectors, such as the manufacturing, power, construction and medical industries. Mechanical engineers can also be involved in the management of people and resources, as well as the development and use of new materials and technologies.
Academic mechanical engineers are involved in research that is very similar in nature to the research work the new entrant carried out as a doctoral student, with an increased level of responsibility. As a result, most entrants into mechanical engineer research roles should have a good idea of the basic nature of the job and many of the key responsibilities.