What Does a Mechanical Engineer Do?

Mechanical engineers are typically involved with the generation, distribution, and use of energy; the processing of materials; the control and automation of manufacturing systems; the design and development of machines; and the solutions to environmental problems.

Research, testing manufacturing, operations, marketing, and administration are some other key activities associated with practicing Mechanical Engineers.

Mechanical engineers are characterized by personal creativity, breadth of knowledge, and versatility. They are also valuable and reliable multidisciplinary team members.

The technical subject areas that form the main basis for their work include mechanics, energy transfer and conversion, design and manufacturing, and the engineering sciences. Through clever use of analysis, modeling, design, and synthesis, they solve important problems to improve quality of life.

Mechanical engineers work on teams responsible for developing a wide range of products and systems including, for example, space shuttle vehicles, aircraft of all sizes and shapes, automobiles, turbines, pumps, power plants, and factories.

Virtually any machine or process you can think of has benefited from the influence of a mechanical engineer.

Everyday conveniences such as refrigeration, microwave cooking, high-fidelity sound reproduction, transportation, communication, and copying are affordable largely because mechanical and other engineers worked together to make it happen.

Mechanical engineers are in demand now, and projections for the future suggest a long-term need for professionals in this specialty. About 20% of the nearly 3 million engineers in the United States are mechanical engineers.

Our Alumni

A mechanical engineering degree is an excellent foundation for success in the engineering profession and also for further training and subsequent achievement in other disciplines including business, law, and the sciences.

Professional opportunities for mechanical engineering graduates are too numerous to list. Our alumni have gone on to attain prominence not only as engineers but also as corporate leaders, professors, inventors, innovators, attorneys, and medical doctors.

Our graduates are found throughout the world–in companies ranging from the smallest to the largest in existence.

Please take a moment to think about to think about what you have done today. Did you switch on a light, open a door, ride in an elevator, travel by car, or use a computer? If the answer to this question is yes, then your activities have been influenced by the practice of mechanical engineers.

Mechanical engineering is as broad in opportunity as is the difference between microscopic gears and 12 story high boilers.

Mechanical engineering is concerned with the design, manufacture, and operation of components, devices, or systems such as:

  • Heat exchangers, refrigerators, ventilation systems
  • Manufacturing technologies that include use of lasers, precision machinery, and nano-technology
  • Biomedical devices
  • Automobiles, airplanes, and other vehicles
  • Robotics, mechatronics, and electronic control of machinery
  • Predictive maintenance and reliability technologies
  • Modeling of machinery and systems using virtual reality

State of the art laboratories specifically designed for undergraduate students are a predominant feature of the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. Computing facilities are equipped with the best computers available on the market. These computers and software that is prevalent in industry enables our students to complete their work neatly, accurately, and professionally.