Overview of the Field of Mechanical
Mechanical Engineering involves the design,
analysis, and manufacture of a wide variety of mechanical components
and systems. While there are a number of disciplines within mechanical
engineering, some of the major areas are energy conversion, materials
engineering, design engineering, and manufacturing engineering.
A mechanical engineering curriculum is
diverse because it is central to so many modern industries (e.g.
aerospace, air conditioning, building, computers, plastics, power
systems, transportation) and because individual mechanical engineers
may be employed in a wide range of engineering endeavors from
initial research and development of a product to manufacturing
and marketing. Between these diverse activities, mechanical engineers
integrate engineering sciences, conceptual product design, and
manufacturing capabilities into a cost-effective, quality product.
Typical technologies in which mechanical
engineers find employment are manufacturing processes, materials
engineering, energy conversion and conservation systems, and mechanical
design. In addition to employment in industry, mechanical engineers
also work in government, management, consulting, and academic