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Mechanical Engineers

EMPLOYED

22,900

PART-TIME SHARE

10%

FEMALE SHARE

7%

MEDIAN WEEKLY EARNINGS

N/A

MEDIAN AGE

38

ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT GROWTH

N/A

Mechanical Engineers plan, design, organise and oversee the assembly, erection, operation and maintenance of mechanical and process plant and installations.

  • Designs mechanical equipment, machines, components, products for manufacture, and plant and systems for construction
  • Develops specifications for manufacture, and determines materials, equipment, piping, material flows, capacities and layout of plant and systems
  • Organises and manages project labour and the delivery of materials and equipment
  • Establishes standards and policies for installation, modification, quality control, testing, inspection and maintenance according to engineering principles and safety regulations
  • Inspects plant to ensure optimum performance is maintained
  • Directs the maintenance of plant buildings and equipment, and co-ordinating the requirements for new designs, surveys and maintenance schedules
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    Hours worked

    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Hours worked Mechanical Engineers All Occupations
    Share of workers who work full-time hours 87% 59%
    Average full-time hours worked per week 43 hours 44 hours

    Industries

    Mechanical Engineers work in industries like:

    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.

    States and territories

    New South Wales

    25.7%

    Victoria

    28.3%

    Queensland

    18.4%

    South Australia

    6.3%

    Tasmania

    1.0%

    Northern Territory

    0.4%

    Australian Capital Territory

    1.0%

    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.

    Age and gender

    Age and Gender Profile
    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Age and Gender Mechanical Engineers All Occupations
    Median age 38 years 40 years
    Female share of employment 7% 49%
    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Age Profile (% Share) All Occupations Mechanical Engineers
    15–19 5.2 0.3
    20–24 9.1 6.1
    25–34 22.7 34.3
    35–44 22.3 25.9
    45–54 20.4 17.0
    55–59 8.8 6.6
    60–64 6.5 5.0
    65 and Over 4.9 4.7

    Education

    Registration may be required in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

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    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study).
    Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Note: the sum of the educational attainment categories may not add up to 100% due to the exclusion of non-descriptive categories such as not stated responses.
    Highest Level of Educational Attainment (% Share) All Occupations Mechanical Engineers
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 12.2 23.2
    Bachelor degree 23.2 56.7
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma 11.1 7.3
    Certificate III/IV 19.5 7.3
    Year 12 15.9 2.8
    Year 11 4.0 0.2
    Year 10 and below 9.7 0.5
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