Transcript: Mechanical Engineer FAQs

What are some examples of agricultural equipment?

Agricultural equipment refers to the things used to carry out agricultural tasks, like cultivating land and managing livestock. Some examples could be tractors, harvesters, self-propelled machines to spray crops with pesticides, and irrigation technology which brings water to the crops. It might also include equipment that is programmed to run itself, perhaps using artificial intelligence, such as robotic harvesters or drones.

What does the ad mean by ‘hands-on mechanical engineer’?

Mechanical engineering is more hands-on than other types of engineering. This means you might be working directly with the machine, rather than just working on designs. Being a ‘hands-on mechanical engineer’ means that you will be actively fixing and testing machinery. You might be overseeing technicians doing maintenance on machinery and stepping in to help them with the trickier aspects.

Some mechanical engineers don’t have hands-on roles, meaning they don’t work directly with the machinery and its operators. They might spend their time using design software and developing simulations or communicating with clients.

What are CAD and SolidWorks?

CAD stands for ‘computer-aided design’, which is using computer-based software to build 2D and 3D models of designs. It’s a popular tool among many design-based professionals – like engineers, architects, and artists – because it allows them to put in exact information and see whether an idea is viable. CAD skills are an important part of modern engineering and design courses, and many universities offer units on them as part of their courses.

SolidWorks is a CAD software application. It allows users to create 3D models which can be used to test, display, and collaborate on the parameters, design, and features of a project.

What does ‘Liaise with procurement officers’ mean?

This means that part of the mechanical engineer’s role at the company will include working closely and exchanging information with procurement officers. A procurement officer is a person whose role is to obtain good quality products or services at the best prices for their company.

For a farming company like this, a procurement office might be responsible for sourcing the parts necessary to develop something a mechanical engineer is working on. The parts might come from different locations and be a range of prices, so the procurement officer will negotiate with suppliers to get the best deal.

What is FEA?

FEA stands for Finite Element Analysis (FEA) which is a mathematical method used to solve a variety of engineering problems. This involves dividing a problem into smaller parts, aka finite elements. FEA is carried out using computer software and involves using mathematical calculations and simulations to predict how different objects respond to different physical conditions.

Core units on FEA are taught within aerospace, mechanical, and manufacturing engineering degrees, so it’s something you will learn about during your studies if you decide to do engineering at university.

What are OHS work practices?

The person applying for this job is required to have a solid understanding of safe workplace practices. OHS stands for Occupational Health and Safety. It is commonly used in the state of Victoria and its practice involves all aspects of ensuring workplaces are safe and free of potential hazards and health risks which might affect people working there. OHS standards set out regulations, duties, and workers’ rights, which workplaces and employees are legally obligated to follow.

Different Australian states have different workplace health and safety regulations. In other states you might find these regulations under the term WHS (Work Health and Safety).

For more information on the OHS Act, which is used in Victoria, visit


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