How to write a Mechanical Engineer job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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What does a Mechanical Engineer do?

A Mechanical Engineer researches, designs, builds and tests mechanical and thermal devices, including tools, engines, and machines. Mechanical engineers provide efficient solutions to the development of processes and products, ranging from small component designs to extremely large plant, machinery or vehicles.

Mechanical Engineer job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Mechanical Engineer job titles

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Junior Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechanical Product Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer (with SolidWorks proficiency)
  • Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineer job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Mechanical Engineer job summary

We are looking for a Mechanical Engineer who can deliver detailed analytical concepts and then back up those concepts with written justification. The Mechanical Engineer will act as a mentor to the Junior Engineers on staff and create a work environment that is conducive to teamwork and strong professional development. The successful candidate for this position will be able to take a project from the conceptual stage through to completion, taking into account budgeting and operational considerations.

Mechanical Engineer responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Mechanical Engineer responsibilities

  • Perform initial and ongoing design reviews
  • Deliver documentation offering a critical analysis and suggestions for correcting errors
  • Identify process deficiencies and develop solutions to improve those deficiencies
  • Submit a scope of work for each project that includes budgetary numbers and the goal of each project
  • Develop CAD project drawings and review drawings from junior team members for accuracy
  • Collaborate with Project Managers to develop an accurate accounting of all engineering hours required for various types of internal projects

Mechanical Engineer qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Mechanical Engineer skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering required (Master’s preferred)
  • Licensed as a BSME
  • 8+ years’ project management experience
  • 4+ years’ experience in an engineering leadership role
  • Strong knowledge of CAD/CAM software and drafting procedures
  • Excellent prioritization and project development skills

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