Statutory warning: these are just views that I collected all these years nothing else…
Well, this is going to be an interesting read, I guarantee 😉 (Why? you asked). There is so much to this single word “Mechanical” that society does not understand.
For the person sitting on the 1st bench, it could mean a branch which once he was told will bring a sea of opportunities. for a guy or a girl (pun intended) sitting in the middle, it could mean a time to wonder in their magical wonderland where they are pursuing what they really wanted and for the crowd sitting at the back of this hierarchy, it means a 4-year long void that is just passing through.
But my intent for this post is to tell you what the word “Mechanical” stands for. just bear with this long post I’ll try to make it interesting.
What is Mechanical Engineering
The standard definition we all know is.
Mechanical engineering is a broad discipline that applies the principles of engineering to the design and construction of machines and their parts.
The modern world comes with a lot of moving parts. From the way that the clock on your wall ticks away the hours. To the spinning of your car’s wheels on their axle. It takes many precise pieces and movements to keep things running smoothly. While it takes many hands and machines to put together something so complex as a car. Those hands know what to do because of a mechanical engineer.
We work across a huge variety of industries. We Conceptualize, design, and create machines as well as their components.
Though it is one of the oldest engineering disciplines, it is also one that continues to change and grow with advancements in technology. making it a vibrant and exciting career path even to this day.
WHAT DOES ONE LEARN IN A MECHANICAL ENGINEERING PROGRAM?
Mechanical engineering programs are fairly standardized across India. The mechanical engineering undergraduate degree typically begins with some foundational courses that are often applicable across the spectrum of engineering programs, including calculus, physics, and basic introductory engineering courses.
What subjects we learn
Once mechanical engineers begin to focus on their academics rather than a casual stroll to the IT, E&TC or CS department. they can expect to find courses in design, manufacturing, mechanics, thermodynamics, and materials.
Graduates of a ME program should have both academic and lab experience in the various disciplines that apply directly to mechanical engineering. It is notable that a mechanical engineering degree offers a great set of domains to choose from, for those students who know they want to study engineering but who are not quite sure where to focus.
The career graph of a mechanical engineer
Mechanical engineers can begin their professional career with a Bachelor of Science degree, but of course, some students do decide to pursue a Master’s level or Ph.D. level education.
It is common for engineers to gain some experience with their B.E or B.Tech degree, and then go on to further their formal education in order to move forward in their career.
What BRANCHES does MECHANICAL ENGINEERING offer?
Because mechanical engineering is a broad topic, there are many engineering specialties that can fit within its scope. Some of the most common mechanical engineering branches where graduating students could find careers include:
- Acoustical engineering: the manipulation and control of vibration in order to reduce unwanted noise
- Manufacturing engineering: optimizing manufacturing techniques, developing processes as well as machines, tools, and equipment for the manufacture of goods
- Thermal engineering: creating and maintaining comfortable and safe environments through the control of heating and cooling systems
- Vehicle engineering: the design and manufacture of all manner of vehicles
- Aerospace engineering: vehicle engineering as specific to air and space travel
In some instances, other specialties fall within the purview of mechanical engineering as well. For example, some college provides a graduate program in which specialties in:
- Biomedicine: the application of engineering theory to medicine
- Computational Engineering: the intersection of sciences, engineering, mathematics, and computer science
- Design: the use of mechanical engineering theories to design better machines that promote efficiency as well as sustainability
- Energy: the use of engineering to create, harness, and conserve energy
- Multi-Scale Engineering: the use of engineering principles to solve problems that have important features at multiple scales of time and/or space
Undergraduate students are largely not expected to choose a specialty but those who decide to go on to a graduate program should be prepared to focus on a very specific area of mechanical engineering.