What is Mechanical Engineering?
First, I would like to clear you that “Mechanical Engineering” does not refer to just “mechanic”.
Mechanical Engineering (ME) is fully based on the term “Mechanism”. The Mechanism is about the concept on which the law of physics, material science, environment condition and mathematics are involved in the design, production, manufacturing and maintenance.
Mechanical Engineering is one of the oldest & broadest disciplines of engineering. It has been accepted in professional education during the early 19th century.
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If you are interested in machinery, functions, robotics, material science, micro devices, weapons design, aircraft, watercraft, and their manufacturing, then mechanical engineering is the best choice to prove your ability & interest and find the career which you wish to.
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In the 18th century in Europe, the mechanical engineering emerged during the industrial revolution. However it has a past of thousand years in history but as the result of the development in the field of physics, mechanical engineering has become as the vital engineering.
In the year 1847, first British Professional Society of mechanical engineering was formed as an Institution of Mechanical Engineering.
If we can describe it in few words, then will say:
“An Engineering that applies the principles of physics, mathematics and material science for design, analysis, maintenance and manufacturing of mechanical systems is Mechanical Engineering.”
Mechanical engineering involves with other various engineering disciplines like civil engineering, manufacturing engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, aerospace engineering and metallurgical engineering.
Courses & Duration
You can choose the mechanical engineering, once you have completed your secondary or Sr. secondary examination.
The academic criterion of Mechanical engineering is divided into three courses/programmes as follows:
- Diploma courses leading to the polytechnic diploma of 3 years duration.
- UG courses leading to the B.Tech (Bachelor of Technology) degree of 4 years duration.
- PG courses leading to the M.Tech (Master of Technology) degree of 2 years duration.
Beside these, it is one of the broad research fields leading to the PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) degree.
After the completion of 10th standard, you are only eligible to enter the diploma courses. Once you have done the 12th standard you are fully eligible to choose the UG (B.Tech) programme.
For entering in Mechanical Engineering, either in diploma or UG, mathematics and physics are the compulsory and has to be in the qualifying examination.
For entering in PG (M.Tech) programme, B.Tech in mechanical engineering is must.
So now, you have a complete package of education in Mechanical Engineering after 10th upto research programme.
So many institutions are offering the Distance Education or Online Education in Mechanical Engineering in India and Abroad.
In most countries, you will have to be certified by the professional body after completion of your degree in Mechanical engineering.
For this certification process, you will have to fulfill a range of conditions including mandatory exam at the end of the course and work experience before being certified. Then you will be designated as the Professional Engineer (USA, Canada & SA), a Chartered Engineer (Commonwealth Countries), and European Engineers (European Countries).
In Spain, Portugal and South America the degree is conducted with the formal name as “Mechanical Engineer” of six years duration.
Jobs & Career
After the completion of the course in mechanical engineering, lots of opportunities are there in various fields of manufacturing, production, services and development. This is the age of machines and where, there is machines, there is opportunity for mechanical engineers.
Various industries in India and Abroad are hiring the engineers. A mechanical engineer fits in every industry.
Your job title is……..
- Acoustics engineer
- Automotive engineer
- Building systems engineer
- Chief mechanical engineer
- Cryogenics engineer
- Design engineer – mechanical
- Heating specialist engineer
- Lubrication engineer
- Mechanical engineer
- Mould design engineer
- Nuclear engineer
- Power plant engineer
- Robotics engineer
- Thermal power engineer
- Tool engineer
After the completion of degree in mechanical engineering you can go for the public/private sector or government sector as well.
Here are some reputed firms which require the mechanical engineers whenever (Mechanical Engineering Recruiters):
- Tata motors
- COAL INDIA
- Aban group
- Central mechanical engineering research institute
- sun grace
- ved engineering
- Design tech system Ltd
In India, a student who has cleared the degree in Mechanical Engineering can get the offer of salary started from 5 lakh per annum upto 20+ lakh per annum.
In the USA, there are 0.2 million mechanical engineers as in 2012. The median of the income of mechanical engineers is $80,580/annum.
In Canada, the average income of mechanical engineers is $85.08 per hour.
Are you brilliant and having a higher degree in mechanical engineering?
Don’t think about the salary because “sky is the limit”.
Book & Study Material
There are rich numbers of books, article, journals and titles available for mechanical engineering.
The top recommended books of mechanical Engineering are as the follows:
Engineering Mathematics: YouTube Workbook – Christopher C. Tisdell
Concepts in Electric Circuits – Dr. Wasif Naeem
Automation and Robotics – Miltiadis A. Boboulos
Essential Engineering Mathematics – Michael Batty
Mechanics of Solids and Fracture – Ho Sung Kim
Control Engineering Problems with Solutions – Derek P. Atherton
Engineering Fluid Mechanics – T. Al-Shemmeri
Control Engineering – Derek P. Atherton
Manufacturing Processes and Materials: Exercises – Miltiadis A Boboulos
A First Course in Fluid Mechanics for Engineers – Buddhi N. Hewakandamby
Heat Transfer – Chris Long; Naser Sayma
CAD-CAM & Rapid prototyping Application Evaluation – Miltiadis A. Boboulos
Introduction to Mechanics of Materials: Part II – Roland Jančo; Branislav Hučko
Engineering Thermodynamics Solutions Manual – Prof. T.T. Al-Shemmeri
Hydrocarbons – Dr. Clifford Jones
Fluid Mechanics and the Theory of Flight – R.S. Johnson
A First Course on Aerodynamics – Arnab Roy
Chemical Thermodynamics – Leo Lue
Computational Fluid Dynamics – Abdul naser Sayma
Introduction to Polymer Science and Technology – Mustafa Akay
Momentum, Heat, and Mass Transfer – Leo Lue
Theory of waves in materials – Jeremiah Rushchitsky
Mechanical engineering is a broad field of technical education. Mechanical engineering is divided in various specializations.
It has the following specialized academic programmes leading to the M.Tech degree and PhD research field.
- Mechatronics and robotics
- Structural analysis
- Thermodynamics and thermo-science
- Design and drafting
- Micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS)
- Friction stir welding (FSW)
- Finite element analysis
- Computational fluid dynamics
- Acoustical engineering