Easily one of the broadest and most diverse engineering disciplines, mechanical engineering explores the path a product takes from the conceptual design, to the manufacturing, and finally to the marketplace. This can be anything from the tiniest mechanism to a large aerospace system. The classes required in school are diverse, and the applications in the career field are endless. Luckily, this means the outlook for mechanical engineers is bright given their ability to adapt and the overall value they can add to several market segments.
At its core, mechanical engineers require the ability to problem solve. These engineers look at a system and find ways to complete, fix, or improve the issue. More importantly, mechanical engineers require leadership and the ability to manage conflict. While it is certainly important to create an idea, it is an entirely different aspect to present that idea to people and argue for its value and worth. Mechanical engineers must be thoughtful, detail oriented, and complete while being able to quickly think on their feet for real-time, hands-on application.
While in college mechanical engineers have to go through a rigorous and wide-ranging set of courses. There are very intensive math and statistical analysis courses required. Further, mechanical engineers have to have an understanding of robotics, programming, fluid dynamics, mechanical systems, and thermodynamics. Additional courses in materials science, chemistry, and biomechanics can be valuable for targeting a specific career sector following graduation. While plenty of mechanical engineers are able to graduate in four years, many programs require five years of study. During summers or following graduation it is strongly recommended that mechanical engineers explore internships in a field they are interested.
Almost every segment of the career sector requires the use of mechanical engineers. Because mechanical engineers look at the motion and kinematics of a structure, they are regularly employed in the automotive industry, automation design, and manufacturing design. Movement can also translate to the human body and engineers are routinely required for ergonomic design, human health, and the medical industry. The aerospace sector uses mechanical engineers for designing both individual components and systems. Mechanical engineers are professionals at diagnosing energy consumption and expenditure so are quite valuable in sustainable energy design.
At Gausman & Moore, we specialize in mechanical engineering. We pride ourselves on our ability to design and create real-life solutions to tough building and design challenges. To see some of the work our team of quality engineers has produced, check out our past projects. There, you will be able to get an idea of the extraordinary creativity our mechanical engineers can provide to building design.