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From our experience working closely with various companies, our team created a few job interview questions for the Mechanical Engineer position below. Review these before your next job interview.

Mechanical engineers research, design and develop machinery and systems for heating, ventilating and air conditioning, power generation, transportation, processing and manufacturing. They also perform duties related to the evaluation, installation, operation and maintenance of mechanical systems.

Mechanical Engineer Job Interview Questions

As a Mechanical Engineer, describe your experience in providing efficient solutions to the development of processes and products, ranging from small component designs to extremely large plant, machinery or vehicles. Provide an example and how you came up with the solutions?

In this role as a Mechanical Engineer you will be required to design and implement cost-effective equipment modifications to help improve safety, reliability and throughput. Please tell us your specific experience in this area?

Our Mechanical Engineers continuously develop project specification with colleagues, often including those from other engineering disciplines; what is your experience creating project specifications and working with colleagues? How do you build rapport with difficult people?

What is your experience in discussing and solving complex problems with manufacturing departments, sub-contractors, suppliers and customers? How do you deal with difficult people? What makes you an effective Mechanical Engineer?

A key role as a Mechanical Engineer is making sure a product can be made again reliably and will perform consistently in specified operating environments. Tell us a product you altered or modified and how it performed in a specific operating environment?

As a Mechanical Engineer you will be looked upon to manage projects using engineering principles and techniques. How did you: plan and designing new production processes; produce details of specifications and outline designs and recommend modifications following prototype test results?

Depending on the company and department, the Mechanical Engineer may also be called:

  • Acoustics Engineer
  • Automotive engineer
  • Design Engineer – Mechanical
  • Energy Conservation Engineer
  • Engineer, Power Generation
  • Fluid Mechanics Engineer
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air conditioning (HVAC) Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechanical Maintenance Engineer
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Piping Engineer
  • Refrigeration Engineer
  • Robotics Engineer
  • Thermal Design Engineer
  • Tool Engineer

Review Your Resume

Interviewers ask questions based on your resume so remember to review your resume. This is especially true if it’s been a while since you have looked at it. This way you will not be caught off guard when you are asked about something in your work history that happened a few years ago.

Bring a Portfolio

It’s always a good idea to bring a portfolio of your work and credentials with you to a job interview. What better way to demonstrate the quality of your work than to show the hiring manager a work sample. So if you have a copy of reports, briefs, bibliographies, speeches, presentations, Web sites and press releases make sure you bring them.

Also take a copy of your educational documents. A university degree or college diploma.

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