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what hours do Mechanical Engineers have


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Robert’s Answer

It can vary greatly. If you are a full time employee, we work from 35-60+ hours a week depending on need. Frequently we work extra hours to get through deadlines and problems and take some extra time off after the deadlines. Bosses frequently are flexible. We also work from home and work when we travel, which happens during production start, etc. Don't think engineering is going to be some easy 20-30 hours a week.

I've been an engineering consultant for over 10 years and have over 20 years of experience. I travel between my consulting jobs. My income is less consistent than salary folks, but I have more freedom. It's not for everyone.

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Timothy’s Answer

This will vary based on the company you work for and the culture/expectations associated with that particular company and your specific role. As an example working for a start-up may demand significant hours be spent on work because of few resources and the need to do more with less. A government job may have very strict timekeeping and overtime restrictions. A well established, large company may have more resources and more roles to cover the variety of tasks and they may have more focus on employee health and work/life balance.

Time spent on the job will also be affected by your experience level in handling the types of tasks you are given and familiarity with your company/job. If you are new to engineering or are new to a company, extra time will be needed to learn the details of what and how things get done. Being a professional/salaried job, a typical expectation would be that you dedicate yourself to the job (whatever it takes) to complete the specific tasks of your job within the committed schedule. Finally, there is an aspect of personal drive that comes into play. Do you want to do the minimum work required, or are you eager to get ahead and maybe do more than you are asked?

In my personal experience, work has ranged between 40 - 70 hrs.

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Kyle’s Answer

Although not all mechanical engineering jobs are like this, all of the jobs that I have had in engineering have allowed me to have pretty flexible hours as long as the work gets done and you are available when needed. That usually means that you are in the office by 9am and don't head out before about 2:30. Some of my coworkers like to get in by 5:30 to 6:00 am so they can leave earlier, and some get there later and leave later. 40 hours a week is the typical minimum, but you can expect to work overtime when deadlines are tight or problems need fixed.

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ROBERT’s Answer

It varies quite a bit throughout different industries and from company to company. Depending on the type of job you do, you may be asked to do the minimum 40 hours or be more flexible.

Project engineers may adjust their hours based on the stage of the design. Design, fabrication and assembly. Different groups may need technical expertise at different times of the day because it’s your design.

There may be travel involved and onsite support at a customers facility.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions from engineers, who work in the industry you are interested in.

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Camila’s Answer

It depends on the industry you are going to work to, and your position. I have worked for the marine, petroleum and power generation industry. I have always worked in the offices from Monday to Friday, 40hrs a week. However, you can work on the plant/field/offshore and have different hours.

thank you for the help . Noah F.

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