A successful mechanical engineer is not just a person who is good at designs and calculations. He or she must be a good communicator as well. "Engineers have to listen to clients' requirements, and have to communicate with contractors," says Johnny Lam Kin-yuen, regional managing director of AECOM's building engineering business.
Mechanical engineers are in charge of the installation of air conditioning and electricity, and make sure the building complies with fire safety standards.
Their main duties are to perform calculations and do designs. They also need to visit construction sites to monitor the progress of contractors.
The University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University offer mechanical engineering programmes. Fresh graduates are usually employed as graduate engineers in consultant firms, or by contractors. The starting salary for