Engineer - Mechanical


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Engineer - Mechanical (Short)

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:
  • Working with Computers
  • Read and interpret blueprints, technical drawings, schematics, or computer-generated reports.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Research, design, evaluate, install, operate, or maintain mechanical products, equipment, systems or processes to meet requirements.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Confer with engineers or other personnel to implement operating procedures, resolve system malfunctions, or provide technical information.

About the test (Full Version)

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 and Attention to Detail
  • Basic Physics
  • Circuits
  • Gears and Pulleys
  • Spatial Reasoning
  • Tools
  Knowledge and Skills
  • Writing
  • Adaptability
  • Drive
  • Integrity
  • Resilience
  • Teamwork
  Emotional Intelligence
  • Empathy and Emotional Self-Control
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
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2023)
Bottom 10%:
$64,560 or less
Bottom 25%:
$79,160 or less
$99,510 (Average)
Top 25%:
$126,990 or more
Top 10%:
$157,470 or more

US Employment Statistics
2032 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:19,200

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Physics
  • English Language
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Production and Processing
Top Skills
  • Active Listening
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Operations Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Complex Problem Solving
Top Abilities
  • Written Comprehension
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Information Ordering
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Near Vision
Education Requirements
Some College:
Associate's Degree (2 yr):
Bachelor's Degree:
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate:
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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:
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