Mechanical engineers develop, design, manufacture and manage machines and mechanical systems that involve motion, ranging from micro-mechanical devices through to large power generating turbines.

Where mechanical engineers are employed

Mechanical engineers work in manufacturing, professional, scientific and technical services and mining.

"The best part of my job is the variety of work I do - every day I'm doing something different, and no two projects are the same" - Kimberly Manna, Graduate Mechanical Engineer.


Full-time mechanical engineers in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

Pay scale Mechanical engineer

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 664 people employed full-time as mechanical engineers in South Australia compared with 558 in 2006.

How to become one

To become a mechanical engineer you usually have to complete a degree in engineering with a major in mechanical engineering. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). Prerequisite subjects or assumed knowledge in one or more of English, maths, chemistry and physics are normally required.

For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian Universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

Licensing or registration requirements

In South Australia there are no licensing or registration requirements.

Engineering is a self-regulated profession that focuses on professional recognition through membership with professional bodies to gain professional standing within the industry. Many employers prefer candidates with recognition and or membership with Engineers Australia.

The highest level of formal recognition is through the Chartered Status Professional Development pathway with Engineers Australia. 

Recognition of qualifications and skills obtained outside Australia

For engineers that have completed their training overseas, it is helpful to have overseas skills and qualifications assessed when looking for work.

If you come to South Australia as a migrant you may already have a pre-migration assessment from a professional body that indicates the status of your qualification(s) and or work experience. This is often all you need for the purpose of looking for work.

If you do not have this pre-migration assessment, you can access assessment services through Engineers Australia. This assessment will examine your qualifications and work experience to determine recognition levels and whether you are eligible to join National Registers and gain Engineers Australia Chartered status.

For information about assessment of overseas qualifications, and looking for work in Australia visit Recognition of overseas qualifications or contact Skilled Arrival Services on 08 8303 2420 or email

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