What is Mechanical Engineering?
Mechanical engineering is the study of motion, energy and force. The mechanical engineer seeks to control these elements by using a combination of material, human and economic resources to develop mechanical solutions that help satisfy the needs and wants of society.
What Do Mechanical Engineers Do?
Some of the most common job functions of a mechanical engineer are:
Designing products ranging from biomedical devices to internal combustion engines to fuel-efficient motor vehicles, motors and appliances.
Research and Development:
Researching new ideas and solutions that satisfy society’s demands or improving or expanding older ideas and solutions.
Designing and building the machines that mass produce consumer products. Of prime importance is designing and building machines that improve operating efficiency.
Managing the operations of a large system, such as a manufacturing facility or a power plant.
Planning how energy is created, stored and moved in industries that produce and deliver electrical power, such as natural gas, oil and alternative energy.
In most of these areas, the mechanical engineer’s goal is to harness or create energy in machines such as boilers, air conditioners and refrigeration equipment. Product design is about designing and manufacturing tangible products, such as engines, personal computers and dishwashers.
Mechanical engineers must be comfortable making decisions. They decide the size, material and shape of every part of a machine or mechanical device. Some decisions are critical to human life, such as those concerning the safety features of an industrial machine or a consumer product.