Mechanical engineer


A mechanical engineer is responsible for designing and optimising the mechanical systems of an offshore wind farm. They ensure the performance of the wind turbine and foundations are optimised and comply with relevant trade standards.

Lifecycle stages

Development and project management, manufacturing and installation.

Typical employer

EPCI, specialist contractor or specialist consultancy.

Place of work

Onshore in an office, port, construction or assembly site.

Typical working pattern

Full time. 

Education, training and qualifications

Minimum NFQ level 7 in mechanical engineering or related field. Experience with CAD software and numerical simulation tools and methods. A background working in marine, or wind energy sector is desirable.

NFQ level 9 in mechanical engineering alongside membership of a chartered engineering institution is required for senior roles.

Typical entry position & transferable sectors

Entry roles can include a graduate mechanical engineer or junior mechanical engineer.

Career possibilities

Mechanical engineers can progress on as lead or senior mechanical engineers There are also opportunities to progress towards becoming a project engineer and specialising within project management within a developer or specialist offshore consultancy.

Full time salary estimate

€35,000 (Graduate entry roles) to €100,000 (Offshore project management), depending on experience.