Mechanical engineering is specifically concerned with analysis, design, manufacturing, and maintenance of just about anything that has moveable parts. It is an engineering discipline that was developed from the application of principles from physics and materials science. It is one of the oldest and broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers are found in practically every field including building, health, defence, finance, publishing, design, entertainment and manufacturing.
If you have good academic qualifications especially in mathematics, a passion for learning and creative in solving problems you will be ideal as a mechanical engineer. Mechanical engineers work in teams and therefore communication skills and teamwork is important too.
Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering
Typically a degree in mechanical engineering covers the topics of drawing and computer aided design (CAD) and engineering, control, electrical machines and power, fluid mechanics, energy, stress analysis, thermodynamics and heat transfer, hydraulics, mechatronics, dynamics and vibration, electronics, manufacturing systems, material science, statics and structures.
Mechanical engineers are also expected to understand and be able to apply basic concepts from chemistry, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, and physics. Most mechanical engineering programs include several semesters of calculus, as well as advanced mathematical concepts which may include differential equations and partial differential equations, linear and modern algebra, and differential geometry, among others. Specialization for mechanical engineering may include areas such as robotics, biomechanics, transport and logistics, cryogenics, fuel technology, automotive engineering and optics.
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