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Mechanical Engineering

mechanical engineering

Mechanical Engineering is a branch of engineering that literally affects all aspects of our modern day living. All the machines and systems that we use are planned, designed, manufactured and operated by using mechanical engineering. It is a discipline that is continuously evolving with the advancement of technology in areas such as machine design, manufacturing, energy conversion, aerospace systems and fluid mechanics. Whatever problems crop up with regard to work or energy, by applying the laws of science, mechanical engineering works toward providing practical solutions. From deep oil exploration to space missiles, mechanical engineering makes such missions possible. Power plants, air conditioning systems, automobiles, heavy industrial machines, even the humble household appliances, all require the knowledge and technology that mechanical engineering provides.

Topics covered in Mechanical Engineering

Below are some of the course curricula topics taught at engineering colleges:

  • Introduction of mechanical engineering
  • Automatic controls
  • Kinematics and dynamics of machines
  • Noise engineering
  • Instrumentation
  • Plant equipment design
  • Advanced mechanical design
  • Rotor dynamics
  • Machine tool design
  • Vibration engineering
  • Experimental modal analysis and dynamic design
  • Vibration and harshness
  • Advanced theory of vibrations
  • Noise engineering
  • Rotor dynamics
  • Design for noise
  • Fundamentals of tribology
  • Machine element design
  • Diagnostic maintenance and monitoring

Related Areas of Work

  • Mechanical engineering involves keeping up with the demands of technology which in turn keep evolving. Areas where mechanical engineering is used include thermal system design, renewable energy, HVAC, computational and theoretical mechanics and automatic control. There are also applications in the fields of orthopedic bio-mechanics, automobile design and combustion engines, pollution control, space technology and design of aircraft and problems related to air conditioning and heating.

    For mechanical engineer positions in India, you will generally need to have at least a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering (often a Bachelor of Technology or Bachelor of Engineering). If the position is for a high managerial rung in a specialized discipline, then a master’s degree in mechanical engineering would likely be required. The higher the education level in specific fields, the higher level the job prospects could be. A would-be mechanical engineer should have good decision-making and problem-solving, coupled with a liking for analyzing, testing, manufacturing and marketing.

    It is extremely important for a mechanical engineer to stay abreast of the latest changes and advances in the industry. To this end, becoming a member in a recognized engineering society, such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) or the National Society of Professional Engineers, could be beneficial.

Top Colleges offering Mechanical Engineering Courses

A few colleges offering courses such as a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) or Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) in Mechanical Engineering include the following:

1IIT Delhi
2IIT Bombay
3IIT Kharagpur
4IIT Kanpur
5IIT Madras
6IIT Roorkee
8BITS – Pilani
9IIT Guwahati
10NIT Tiruchirappalli

Programs are subject to change, it is advisable to check directly with a school for current program availability.

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