Job advertisement: Mechanical Engineer

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Have you ever wondered about the design of a machine and what powers it? Do you like figuring out how things work and fixing them? Are you a creative person, who is good at visualising a process or an object before it becomes a reality?  If you like maths, solving problems, and are curious about how machines work, a career in mechanical engineering might suit you.

Read the job advertisement for a mechanical engineer in the agricultural sector to get an idea of what this kind of role involves, and what employers look for in applicants.

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TRK Farming is hiring! Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineer

TRK Farming

Salty Creek, Victoria, Australia

  • Full-time position
  • $85,000 – $120,000 pa (plus Super)
  • 3-year Fixed Term Contract

TRK Farming is Salty Creek’s best agricultural engineering company. We’ve been developing and delivering quality agricultural equipment* for over 100 years. We strive to deliver specialist equipment that suits our clients’ individual needs.

What is the role:

TRK Farming offers an exciting opportunity for a hands-on Mechanical Engineer* in Salty Creek. The role is essential for providing engineering support and efficient manufacturing to all areas of our agriculture business. By joining our team of engineers, you’ll help to maintain and develop custom TRK equipment for our clients.

What you’ll do:

  • Use CAD software like SolidWorks* to design and draft product components for new and existing projects
  • Create and maintain work instructions for our clients
  • Liaise with procurement officers* and suppliers for things like the cost, design and/or quality issues of projects and materials
  • Utilise FEA* to develop better machinery and structures that can withstand harsh weather conditions on a farm
  • Consider potential maintenance issues and implement early solutions
  • Pursue training opportunities and strive to continuously develop knowledge and learn new skills.

What you bring:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree in mechanical, manufacturing, agricultural engineering, or similar.
  2. Working knowledge of SolidWorks
  3. Excellent written and verbal skills
  4. Good interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to work well within a team and individually, as well as excellent customer service skills
  5. Well-developed prioritisation, organisational and project management skills
  6. Intimate knowledge of and commitment to OHS work practices*
  7. A current, valid Australian driver’s licence

At TRK, our culture thrives on creative thinking and helping our employees to excel in everything they do. If you want to be part of an organisation that is revolutionising agriculture, we’d love to hear from you. Send us your CV and cover letter.

FAQ transcript


  • Would you like to do this type of job?

Perhaps you’re a creative, detail-oriented, problem solver but agricultural engineering isn’t for you. That’s okay. Mechanical engineering is a field which offers a range of different career options. Maybe a role helping to develop spacecraft would appeal to you, and if not, there are plenty of other options. Here are some of the positions people who studied mechanical engineering might end up working in:

Mechanical Engineering careers infographic. All Information is in transcript.

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