Is mechanical and manufacturing engineering right for me?

Choose any form of engineering as a career, and you will find yourself turning ideas into reality and solving problems that make the world a better place, using cutting-edge technology.

Does that sound like you?

Engineering can be a really versatile and fun career, but getting there takes time and the study can be very demanding. You need to have a strong desire to be an Engineer to get the most out of your journey. But how do you know if being an engineer is right for you? And how do you know whether choosing Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering is the right thing?

Start by asking yourself these questions

  • Are you curious about how things work?
  • Do you love pulling things apart to see how what’s inside fits together?
  • When your parents bring something home from Ikea, do you stick your hand up to put it together?
  • Do you love solving problems, complex ones?
  • Do you like improving things, making them work more efficiently?
  • Do you fancy yourself as a bit creative, a bit of an inventor?
  • Do you love maths and science, especially physics?
  • Do you like working with your hands and using tools?
  • Are you interested in electronics?
  • Do you want to help people and make a difference to the world around you?

Working as a Mechanical or Manufacturing Engineer involves being part of a team, with engineers from other fields like electrical or chemical. So it’s important to be good at teamwork.

You’ll need to have good communication skills (written and oral) – to make sure you can get your message across clearly.

If you are ticking most of those boxes, then it’s quite possible Mechanical or Manufacturing engineering might suit you well.

Quirky things that might make you a better engineer

Engineering isn’t all about maths and science. It involves being a well-rounded and balanced person. So there are some things you might not have thought about that could indicate you’d make a great Mechanical or Manufacturing engineer.

  • Take up hobbies related to mechanical engineering like fixing your bike or skateboard, astronomy, rocketry, flying remote control helicopters, geology, fixing your dad’s car, welding, or even robotics.
  • Have an inquisitive mind – find out about where paper clips come from or how computer chips or even jelly beans are made. Engineers design things, but have to do it efficiently and cheaply, so knowing the basics will help.
  • It’s not just about the practical side, engineers need to be creative too, so take up drawing, writing, music or even juggling.

If you still aren’t sure, check out our section on types of mechanical and manufacturing engineering.

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