Have you ever wondered how they make those aluminum cans for your soda? Or how they make millions of cans in factories? Or do you ever wonder how they make the glass bottle for your favorite drink? Did you ever watch a movie and wonder if you could modify your car to run faster? Have you wondered how robots in car factories weld and paint cars? Have you ever wanted to add cooling fans to your computer so that it would run cool and smooth while you play your favorite video game?
Do you want to design a car that runs on solar energy? Want to find Eco-friendly, renewable energy sources? Do you want redesign machines that we use every day and make them energy efficient? Do you want to study and improve how air bags save lives in an accident?
Welcome to the field of Mechanical engineering.
Everything from elevators to aircraft, from pens to satellites, from sports cars to roller coaster rides is all designed and produced by mechanical engineers. People in the field of mechanical engineering and allied sciences design and make products to make our lives comfortable.
The field of mechanical engineering is vast and there are numerous options. Typically, a four year bachelor’s degree is required for most jobs. A background in algebra, trigonometry, calculus, physics and chemistry is essential. You have to apply the principles learned in mathematics and physics in creative ways to solve problems. Mechanical engineers work in teams. They design products, prepare initial drafts, create prototypes and implement changes before finalizing the design for production. All the stages require team work, understanding and cooperation. Engineers often consider the economic viability of potential solutions, perform cost analysis and overall project planning and scheduling.
Mechanical engineers are needed from Anchorage, Alaska to Key West, Florida. The jobs can in small manufacturing units, large corporations and government agencies. They work in designing products like personal hand held computers, nuclear power plants and spacecrafts. The mechanical engineering field has also found applications in electro-mechanical equipment for the field of medicine. Examples are machines that record and display heart beats, blood dialysis and CT (Computed Tomography) Scans.
Many mechanical engineers appear for examinations to achieve a license of Professional Engineers. Mechanical engineers are also employed by the armed forces in maintenance and of the hardware and equipment. Many work in the Navy as maintenance engineers in high tech ships, submarines and naval shipyards.
Hard work, a good deal of mathematical and scientific knowledge and creativity can open endless possibilities of lifelong learning, innovation and research.
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