Mechanical engineering (ME) is one of the most versatile and multidisciplinary engineering disciplines. ME encompasses almost all aspects of modern technology from man-made devices to biological systems. Mechanical engineers design, develop, and manufacture every kind of vehicle, power system, machine, and tool. Any type of machine that produces, transmits, or uses power is most likely the product of a mechanical engineer. Mechanical Engineers are also expected to understand and be able to apply concepts from the chemistry, math, physics, and electrical engineering fields.
Careers in Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical engineering graduates qualify for jobs in areas such as computer-aided engineering (finite element method, virtual prototyping, computer-aided manufacturing), fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, heat transfer, manufacturing, robotics, control systems, stress analysis, applied thermodynamics, combustion, heating, refrigeration and air conditioning, and turbomachinery. Moreover, emerging technologies in biotechnology, materials science, and nanotechnology are likely to create new job opportunities for mechanical engineers. ME graduates work in one of several departments of businesses including design, manufacturing, research, testing, and management. They work in diverse insdustries such as aerospace, automotive, electronics, energy, HVAC, manufacturing, materials processing, medical device, nuclear, and pharmaceutical industries as lead personnel.
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