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Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineer

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As a Mechanical Engineer you’ll be a qualified professional with a passion for working with a naturally sustainable material.

Depending on the role and your preferences, you could be come involved in harvesting and handling machinery or the design, installation and operation of processing plant and machinery.

Today, the growing interest in sustainable energy from biofuels is creating exciting opportunities for engineers and related science professionals to become involved in new projects.

The career paths of many engineers in the forest and wood products industry lead to senior management positions.


Roles will vary according to the position, but may include:

  • Concept & feasibility studies

  • Plant and process design

  • Equipment and plant upgrades

  • Pilot plant design, commissioning and operation

  • Collection and interpretation of data

  • Plant installation and commissioning

  • Project management

  • Team management

  • Report writing and presentation.


You’ll be interested in science and the environment, working indoors and out, enjoy applying theory to practice and able to clearly communicate scientific information and its implications to non-scientists in both verbal and written forms.

Ideal Attributes

A tertiary qualification in mechanical engineering or the equivalent.

Employers in the forest and wood products industry are very supportive of ongoing training and skills development.


Potential employers include:

  • Saw mill and wood processing plant operators

  • Pulp and paper manufacturers

  • Biomass and bio energy companies

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