What is Mechanical Engineering?
Mechanical engineers are concerned with design, manufacturing and operations of a wide range of components, devices, or systems. For example:
- A low-emissions, high-efficiency engine located at the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory could improve the reliability and efficiency of the electrical power grid
- microscopic parts to gigantic gears
- more efficient heating, ventilation, refrigeration
- laser technology
- biomedical applications
- automotive industry
- computer-aided design, automation, robotics
- predictive maintenance and reliability technologies
What do Mechanical Engineers do?
Mechanical engineers research, develop, design, manufacture, and test tools, engines, machines, and other mechanical devices.
They work on power-producing machines such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines, as well as power-using machines such as refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, machine tools, material handling systems, elevators and escalators, industrial production equipment, and robots used in manufacturing.
- machines that manufacture and package all varieties of products
- rotating equipment – pumps, compressors, blowers, turbomachinery
- internal combustion engines
- pressure vessels – reactors, heat exchangers, boilers
- storage tanks
- piping systems
- materials handling equipment – conveyers, robots
- vehicles – cars, trucks, heavy equipment, buses, aircraft
- equipment failures
- equipment to improve performance and reliability
- heat transfer
- coordinate fabrication of equipment
- develop improved fabrication techniques and methods
- test quality, performance, safety, and reliability of products, equipment, processes
- work as technical salespersons for companies that manufacture various products and equipment