Always been fascinated by machines and manufacturing? Are you the kind who’s more interested in what’s inside a device, rather than what you can get out of it? The broad, all-encompassing field of mechanical engineering could help you hone your interest and expertise, while also setting you on the path to a rewarding career. Mechanical Engineering courses, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, are designed for those with an interest in materials, industrial design, energy, transport and/or manufacturing of industrial and commercial products.
Mechanical engineering courses comprise topics that deal with the design and development of basically anything considered to be a machine, from bicycles to clocks to fighter jets. The principles of materials science and physics, design, analysis, fluid mechanics, combustion, manufacturing all come into play in this vast field of study.
Any fairly reputed university in India, with modern facilities, could possibly provide you with a decent exposure to the broad principles of mechanical engineering. However, the sheer number of world class universities and colleges abroad which offer high quality courses in the field and the enhanced internship and career prospects makes an overseas degree a very tempting option to pursue.
While a mechanical engineering degree course in most countries confers on you the B.E./B.Tech or the M.E /M. Tech qualifications, in the US, the first level of education at most universities and colleges that is obtained for a Mechanical Engineer is a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. The degree typically takes 4 years to complete.
Being a highly industrialized country, the U.S. is home to reputed universities such as the Massachussetts Institute of Technology MIT, Stanford, University of California, Berkeley, all of which offer top-class programs in mechanical engineering. The UK also offers high quality programmes in mechanical engineering, with leading lights such as the University of Sheffield consistently rating in the top ten in the country for its programmes in mechanical engineering.
At Hotcourses India, you can browse through the top universities and colleges in the field of mechanical engineering abroad – in the UK, the USA, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand and the Netherlands.
Almost all inventions during the ancient period and a vast majority in the modern era are direct contributions of one or the other application of mechanics. Being a broad field which deals with the physical and material world in almost all aspects, there are plenty of career options for mechanical engineers, depending upon various factors such as specialisation in particular area such as thermodynamics, structural analysis, fluid mechanics, manufacturing etc. or even newer fields such as robotics and mechatronics.
If you opt for a postgraduate degree such as a Master of Science or Master of Engineering Management, consisting of either significant research, coursework or a mixture of the two, that could be an entry point to an academic career in any scientific research-related profession or in teaching at colleges.
Having to deal with concepts such as mechanics, kinematics and robotics equips mechanical engineers for jobs that involve designing state-of-the-art manufacturing units, different types of motor vehicles, aircraft and aerospace parts and a vast assortment of industrial machinery.
Other potential areas of employment are in companies that manufacture, maintain or deal with power plant equipment, heating and cooling systems and other simple and complex machinery. Mechanical engineers not only design new mechanical systems but in most cases are also responsible for manufacturing, installing, testing and maintaining them. With increased use of computerised design for most machinery and structures, knowledge of software such as AutoCAD and its more advanced versions can open up lucrative career options as design engineers.
New developments in science and technology have had their effect too, expanding the scope of mechanical engineering beyond its traditional boundaries. Robotics, nanotechnology, composite materials, biomedical applications, environmental conservation, etc. are all fields that mechanical engineers are now venturing into, focussing their attention towards new areas of research.
The ever increasing scope of this particular field has created several new professional positions as well - that of the financial and marketing aspects of product development and even people and resource management.
Mechanical engineers are as much in demand as they were always – are you up to grabbing the opportunities?