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Engineer - Mechanical
Engineer - Mechanical
Job-Specific Whole-Person Assessment

Engineer - Mechanical

Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Interacting With Computers - use computer aided drafting or design software for design, drafting, modeling, or other engineering tasks
  • Read and interpret blueprints, technical drawings, schematics, or computer-generated reports.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - use intuitive judgment for engineering analyses
  • Research, design, evaluate, install, operate, or maintain mechanical products, equipment, systems or processes to meet requirements.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - confer with engineering, technical or manufacturing personnel
  • Analyzing Data or Information - analyze engineering design problems
  • Getting Information - collect scientific or technical data
  • Confer with engineers or other personnel to implement operating procedures, resolve system malfunctions, or provide technical information.

About the test

The HR Avatar Engineer - Mechanical Pre-Employment Assessment was designed to help you hire staff in this role. The test provides a whole-person evaluation by measuring job-relevant cognitive ability, personality, knowledge, skills, and relevant behavioral history. Each component provides important data for hiring decisions. Cognitive ability has been linked to overall job performance in most jobs and correlates with a candidate's ability to learn new skills and to solve complex problems. Personality characteristics determine how well the candidate will fit-in with a corporate culture. Knowledge and skills indicate how much training will be needed before a new employee becomes productive. Finally, relevant behavioral history detects counter-productive behaviors that can impact job performance.

The Engineer - Mechanical test includes an animated work simulation in which candidates meet customers, colleagues and supervisors in a job-related context. Post-test surveys indicate the majority of candidates react favorably to these simulations. This test also contains an automatically-scored essay component. Writing is a key skill for many jobs and also demonstrates the ability to generate, organize, and communicate relevant ideas effectively.

The specific attributes measured include:

Cognitive Ability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Mechanical Aptitude
  • Multitasking
  Knowledge and Skills
  • Writing
  • Adaptable
  • Competitive
  • Corporate Citizenship
  • Develops Relationships
  • Enjoys Problem-Solving
  • Exhibits a Positive Work Attitude
  • Expressive and Outgoing
  • Innovative and Creative
  • Needs Structure
  • Seeks Perfection
  Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure

Following completion, the test produces a Candidate Selection Report that includes an overall score and detailed scores for each attribute. The overall score weighs each of the factors based on research and analysis from the U.S. Government's Occupational Information Network (O*Net). O*Net represents over a decade of dedicated research evaluating the relative importance of various factors that lead to success in almost 1,000 different job roles.

The Candidate Selection Report also provides expert interview questions that help you probe critical or low-scoring areas, along with a guide for noting your evaluation of the candidate's responses. Consistent use of an interview guide is an important part of gaining better candidate insights and making better hiring decisions.

Language:English (US)
Time to Complete:40 Minutes (Approximately)
O*Net SOC Code:17-2141.00
Simulation Context:Medium-Level General Business/Office
O*Net Context:Architecture and Engineering
Price:40 Credits ($40 USD)
Note:This test contains questions that are difficult to complete on small screens. A large screen device, such as a laptop, desktop, or tablet is recommended. Test-takers using small devices will be advised to optionally change to a larger screen device.
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2016)
Bottom 10%:
$54,420 or less
Bottom 25%:
$67,070 or less
$84,190 (Average)
Top 25%:
$106,420 or more
Top 10%:
$131,350 or more

US Employment Statistics
2024 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:10,250

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Physics
  • English Language
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Production and Processing
Top Skills
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Operations Analysis
  • Complex Problem Solving
Top Abilities
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Written Comprehension
  • Information Ordering
  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Near Vision
Education Requirements
Some College:
Associate's Degree (2 yr):
Bachelor's Degree:
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role who have their highest education in each category.
Related Work Experience Requirements
6 Months - 1 Year:
1 - 2 Years:
2 - 4 Years:
4 - 6 Years:
6 - 8 Years:
8 - 10 Years:
More than 10 Years:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role whose related work experience before they entered this position falls into each category.

Alternate Titles for this Role: Air Conditioning Engineer, Application Engineer, Auto Research Engineer, Automation Engineer, Body Engineer, Brake Engineer, Car Designer, Combustion Engineer, Cooling and Heating Systems Design Engineer, Cryogenics Engineer, Design Engineer, Design Maintenance Engineer, Diesel Engineer, Diesel Retrofit Designer, Distribution Engineer, Dust Control Engineer, Electro-Mechanical Engineer, Engine Designer, Engineer, Equipment Engineer, Erecting Engineer, Facilities Mechanical Design Engineer, Failure Analysis Technician, Field Service Engineer, Geothermal Power Generation Mechanical Engineer, Heating and Cooling Systems Engineer, Heating Engineer, HVAC Design Mechanical Engineer (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Design Mechanical Engineer), HVAC Engineer (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Engineer), HVAC Engineer (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Engineer), HVAC Sensor and Digital Control Designer (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Sensor and Digital Control Designer), Hydraulic Engineer, Hydroelectric Plant Mechanical Engineer, Industrial Green Systems Designer, Industrial Retrofit Designer, Installation Engineer, Internal Combustion Engineer, Machine Design Engineer, Machine Tool Designer, Mechanical Design Engineer, Mechanical Design Facilities or Products Engineer, Mechanical Development Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Mechanical Equipment Test Engineer, Mechanical Research Engineer, Motorcycle Designer, Plant Equipment Engineer, Process Engineer, Product Engineer, Products Mechanical Design Engineer, Project Engineer, Refrigeration Engineer, Roller Coaster Designer, Roller Coaster Engineer, Servomechanism Designer, Sheet Metal Engineer, Stress Analyst, Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE), Test Engineer, Test Inspection Engineer, Textile Engineer, Tool and Die Engineer, Tool Design Engineer, Tool Designer, Tool Engineer, Tooling Engineer, Utilization Engineer, Ventilating Engineer, Ventilating Expert, Weapons Designer, Weapons Engineer, Wind Turbine Mechanical Engineer

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