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What is a average day for a Mechanical Engineer like?

Just some information of how someone in the field would do on daily basis.

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Tricia’s Answer

I've always worked in manufacturing facilities. This means 9+ hour days with 30 minutes for lunch. Typically start at 7AM, go through emails, do some desk work, do some field work, eat lunch in my office, meetings in the afternoon, maybe finish some emails or engineering work, and head home. Typically 2-4 hours a day in meetings, more since I've gotten into management.
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Sam’s Answer

Hello Logan,

My average day is fairly basic. I have an 8 hour work day consisting of 4 hours of work, then 1 hour lunch break, then 4 hours of work before leaving the office for the day.

The work hours are spent on engineering projects (mostly) and meetings.

Engineering project work varies based on how close to completion the project is. In the beginning, design and analysis will be the work focus. In the middle, ordering parts and working with machine shops and other vendors to get the designs made will be the work focus. At the end, product assembly and testing will be the focus.

I hope this helps.

Sam
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Ms. Ray’s Answer

Mechanical engineer is such a broad term and it would really depend on what you did worhin the field. I would say the average person works a 40 hour week, 8 hour with either a 30 or 60 minute lunch, but as to what they do it can vary. I've worked in multiple industries and a typical day cab range from in the office checking email, writing technical documents and going to meetings, to being in the manufacturing environment all day supervising technicians, examining equipment and getting data from it. Many days are a mixture of both. I have friends and associates who are sales engineers who travel visiting clients helping with spec'ing new equipment and helping to troubleshoot existing equipment.
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Dina’s Answer

This depends upon your stage of working, working fields and nature of job, your own choice and management guidelines.
Normally job hours are 8hrs a day 5 day a week. but this will vary as per situation and condition as above.
Don't forget- "you wont' have to work if you love your job".
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Naledi’s Answer

Hello Logan,

I am a design engineer for an engineering consulting company. Our working hours are Monday to Friday, 8 hours a day with a 30 minute lunch break. A typical day consists of responding to email technical queries from clients and suppliers and attending design review meetings. Typically each member of our team is juggling 3 to 4 different projects at time. A typical project life cycle consists of generation of preparation of technical requisitions to send out to suppliers/vendors in order for them to submit quotations for the required equipment or services, technical bid analysis of received quotations, preparation of purchase order documentation to be sent to the selected bidder, review of supplier documentation (general arrangement drawings, calculations, quality control documentation etc.) and finally responses to technical queries that arise during the construction phase.
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