The basic definition of the work an engineer is to apply the principles of science and mathematics to develop economical solutions to technical problems. Since the array of work possibly done by engineer is quiet large, engineers have to specialize in one of several fields. Mechanical engineers are specialized in the research, development, design, manufacturing, and testing of electrical tools, engines, machines, and other mechanical devices. Mechanical engineers will work mainly on power-producing machines including electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines. But they can also work on other power-using machines including refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, machine tools, material handling systems, elevators and escalators, industrial production equipment, and robots used in manufacturing.
As a mechanical engineers, you can also be in charge of the design of tools which will be used by other engineers in their work. Among all the engineering specialization, mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Indeed mechanical engineers are not restrained to one particular position in companies or to any sector possibly working in production operations in manufacturing or agriculture, maintenance, or technical sales. Many mechanical engineers even work as administrators or managers.
How to become a mechanical engineer? For most entry-level engineering worker, you will be required to have obtained at least a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Those who graduate from college graduates in a physical science or mathematics may also qualify for some engineering jobs, especially in specialties in high demand. But most potential candidates must have graduate from faculties such as electrical, electronics, mechanical, or civil engineering. Studying mechanical engineering is quiet easy in the country counting over 360 colleges and universities offering bachelor’s degree programs in engineering which are even accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), Inc., and 230 colleges, or so, offering also accredited programs in engineering technology.
In the U.S., the job prospects for mechanical engineers will be good with an overall rate of employment growing at an average rate through 2014. However many changes are expected to overhaul the sector with a massive decline of the employment of mechanical engineers in manufacturing industries. However civil engineering and jobs in high-growth technologies including biotechnology, materials science, and nanotechnology will likely compensate this decline for mechanical engineers.
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