Mechanical Engineer Test

A mechanical engineer test assesses candidates on key skills and expertise to determine their suitability for a mechanical engineer position.

  • What is a mechanical engineer test?

    A mechanical engineer test uses multiple-choice questions to determine what level of understanding a candidate has of essential mechanical engineering concepts.

    The test measures how adept a candidate is in skills such as analytical and conceptual reasoning, performing under pressure, and applying concepts to scenarios that support their technical knowledge.

    Achieving a high score on this test demonstrates a candidate could have the desired level of experience required to perform in a mechanical engineer role. Employers can use this test in the early stages of recruitment to ensure the most qualified candidates are shortlisted.

About the Mechanical Engineer Test

A mechanical engineer is responsible for developing mechanical systems, ranging from vehicles to power plants. Often this involves managing projects from conception to completion.

Mechanical engineering is one of the most diversely skilled engineering disciplines; therefore a high level of acuity is required to succeed. This test assesses a candidate’s competency in core skills required to perform in a mechanical engineering role.

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  • Why should you use a mechanical engineer test for recruiting?

    Shortlisting mechanical engineer candidates based on resumes alone can be inaccurate and time-consuming. Recruiters will find most applicants boast a similar level of skill and experience, which cannot be validated without further scrutiny.

    A mechanical engineer test removes these challenges, giving you the ability to distribute skills tests to high volumes of candidates. You will receive comparative data that gives a clear and unbiased insight into how suitable each candidate is, making the hiring process more efficient.

    The test will highlight the level of familiarity each applicant has with core mechanical engineering concepts and techniques such as energy, levers, pulleys, force, and circuits. It also measures their conceptual creativity, technical expertise, analytical reasoning skills, problem-solving skills, and ability to remain focused under pressure through a series of multiple-choice aptitude questions.

    Applicants highlighted as meeting the requirements of the role can be shortlisted, while those who do not demonstrate the necessary skillset can be excluded.

    A mechanical engineer test could be useful for the following roles:

    • Mechanical Engineer
    • Maintenance Engineer
    • Nuclear Engineer
    • R&D Engineer
    • Aerospace Engineer
    • CAD (Computer Aided Design) Engineer
    • Automation Engineer
    • Biotechnology Engineer
    • Composites Engineer
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Results for the Mechanical Engineer Test along with other assessments the candidate takes will be compiled to produce a candidate report. The report is automatically generated and available both online and as a downloadable pdf so they can be shared with other team members and employees alike.

How our test assesses mechanical engineering skills

Candidates will need to answer a range of questions that measure industry-specific technical skills where applicable, soft skills (e.g. teamwork), aptitude (e.g. mechanical reasoning) and relevant personality dimensions (e.g. detail orientation). The results present a holistic view of how well suited each candidate is for the job at hand, using a data-driven approach.

The format varies by type of question, including multiple-choice for aptitude and technical skills, situational judgement for soft skills and agreement on a Likert scale for the personality dimensions. This approach ensures candidates are being assessed in an accurate and fair manner, and that results reflect the true underlying qualities of each candidate.

The characteristics, abilities and knowledge necessary to be a mechanical engineer were identified using the US Department of Labor's comprehensive O*NET database. O*NET is the leading source of occupational information that is constantly updated by collecting data from employees in specific job roles.

During the development process, test questions were rigorously analysed to maximise reliability and validity in line with industry best practices. They were created by our team of I/O psychologists and psychometricians – who collaborated with subject-matter-experts – and field-tested with a representative sample of job applicants who have varying experience, just like you might find in a talent pool.

Each test is reviewed by a panel of individuals representing diverse backgrounds to check for any sensitivity, fairness, face validity and accessibility issues. This ensures each candidate has a fair chance of demonstrating their true level of expertise.

Our mechanical engineer test is monitored to ensure it is up-to-date and optimised for performance.


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Picked provides evidence-based recommendations for tests to use for over 750 jobs. Our recommendation engine leverages data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).


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    All our Mechanical Engineer tests are written by accredited psychologists and fully validated.

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    We offer Mechanical Engineer tests for all levels so you can assess all roles within your organisation.


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    Simple, easy-to-use candidate comparison reports mean you don’t need to be a psychologist to interpret them.

“We used Picked as part of our Finance Graduate Scheme recruitment and it was just what we needed – really simple to send candidates the link to complete and clear to see how they all compared. And great value for money!”
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Christina, HR Director, Cancer Research, UK
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Written by a Mechanical Engineer Test expert

Our team of assessment experts is made up of I/O psychologists and psychometricians who are dedicated to making all of our tests as reliable, valid and fair as possible. They strictly adhere to best practices in the industry and stay on top of the latest innovations to ensure job candidates’ unique profiles of characteristics, abilities and knowledge are being measured accurately while minimising bias. They leverage decades of research and advanced predictive analytics to build assessments that link to outcomes that matter, such as job performance, turnover, engagement, culture fit and more.

“Personality profiling allowed us to perform lookalike modelling of our most successful employees and use this as a blueprint for new hires.”
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain

Mechanical Engineer Test FAQs

How do you assess a mechanical engineer candidate?

In the case of Picked's test, via a series of multiple-choice questions based on core principles, hypothetical mechanical problems, and scientific tools to gauge their level of expertise and ultimately how suitable they are for the role.

Is the mechanical engineer test difficult?

Picked's test for mechanical engineers is not as technically challenging as the exams candidates would have taken to graduate with a relevant degree. It aims to test whether a candidate has the skills required to thrive in this role, including planning, communication, performance under pressure, and attention to detail.

What is the cost for Picked’s mechanical engineer test?

Picked operates on a monthly or annual subscription basis. We have plans to suit your hiring needs, which you can find here. If you need something a little more bespoke, you can get in touch with us to discuss a custom plan.

Can I get a free trial?

Yes, simply sign up (no credit card is required) and we'll give you unlimited access for seven days. Create as many jobs and test as many candidates as you want; you won't be charged a penny.

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Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden
Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden

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