What Does a Mechanical Maintenance Engineer Do?

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What Does a Mechanical Maintenance Engineer Do?

Mechanical maintenance engineers diagnose and repair mechanical failures, conduct preventative maintenance and ensure machinery, equipment, and systems are running at optimal conditions. They may work along with other departments to manage the lifecycle of equipment and machinery.

They also check, repair, and service machinery, equipment, and systems. This includes the equipment used in HVAC, agriculture, energy, and construction.

From transformers and motors to cooling towers and boilers, mechanical maintenance engineers use their predictive and preventative maintenance skills, as well as the knowledge they have learned about piping systems, the fundamentals of boilers, and the principles and applications of air to keep facilities running at maximum efficiency.

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Transformers – an electrical device that transfers electrical energy between circuits. They play a crucial role in the delivery of electrical power to consumers.

Motors – a machine that converts electrical energy into mechanical energy. Many larger machines like industrial equipment and air conditioning systems run with alternating current (AC) motors.

Cooling Towers – removes excess heat from a building or industrial process. Most industrial-sized towers use water and air to dissipate heat. Cooling towers are commonly used in industries including power generation, petrochemical processing, and HVAC.

Boilers – used to heat buildings, produce electricity, and provide hot water. Boilers are often used in heating, power generation, food processing, chemical processing, and manufacturing.

Where do Mechanical Maintenance Engineers Work?

Mechanical maintenance engineers work in HVAC, energy, aerospace, transportation, and construction industries to name a few.

They may work in factories, manufacturing plants, power stations, refineries, and other industrial facilities.

Manufacturing Plants – require machines and equipment to produce goods from raw materials and components.

Power Stations – produce electricity from many different sources of energy using equipment like turbines, generators, and boilers.

Commercial Size HVAC Systems – located in many important locations like hospitals, commercial buildings, hotels, and universities.

Refineries – process crude oil into gasoline, diesel, heating oil, and jet fuel. The mechanical maintenance engineer must comply with strict regulations for both safety and environmental sustainability.

How Do You Become a Mechanical Maintenance Engineer?

A great way to become a mechanical maintenance engineer is by attending RSI’s 15-month Associate of Occupational Studies in Mechanical Maintenance Engineering Degree program.

With the help of industry-experienced instructors and plenty of hands-on experience, you will be ready to start working as a mechanical maintenance engineer in no time.

Is a Degree Required to Become a Mechanical Maintenance Engineer?

According to O*NET OnLine, 90% of respondents said that new hires need a degree to perform the job successfully, whether Associate or Bachelor’s degree. Candidates must be skilled in active listening, critical thinking, mathematics, reading comprehension, and science.

The good news is that the first two classes you will take as part of the Mechanical Maintenance Engineering Degree program at RSI are basic college mathematics and English composition. Additional skills will be mastered throughout the coursework.

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RSI’s 15-month Associate of Occupational Studies in Mechanical Maintenance Engineering Degree program includes the completion of the on-campus Electro-Mechanical Technologies program. The remaining coursework for the Associate of Occupational Studies in Mechanical Maintenance Engineering Program is available online or on campus.

If you are interested in becoming a mechanical maintenance engineer, The Refrigeration School has trade school programs to equip you with the skill and expertise you need. Call us today at (602) 607-0024 to learn more about our Mechanical Maintenance Engineering Degree program.