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Mechanical engineering is one of the major divisions within the profession. Its principles are involved in the design, development, and construction of nearly all of the physical devices and systems that technology has produced. Mechanical engineers are also concerned with the operations of all kinds of machinery and the production of power. They must conceive, research, design, develop, test, manufacture, and sell equipment for these purposes.

Manufacturing option

Manufacturing engineering is a complex discipline that requires a great deal of specialized knowledge. Manufacturing engineers are required by all kinds of companies manufacturing a great variety of machines, robotics, and other equipment. The manufacturing engineer may be responsible for the design, selection of materials, specifications, and the improvement of production processes and equipment. Responsibility for plant layout, production management and control — as well as plant maintenance — is also required of manufacturing engineers.

Mechatronics option

Mechatronics is the discipline that uses a combination of mechanical, electronic, and software engineering in the design, manufacture, and performance of most modern products. Mechatronics requires engineers with the ability to perform analysis and design in all three disciplines, which leads to products and processes with significantly enhanced function and performance.

Careers in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering graduates can look for employment in almost every type of industry. The traditional mechanical industries include transportation vehicles, power plants, automotive, steel and metal, farm implements, heavy equipment, and machine tools. Mechanical engineering involves the design, development, and construction of nearly all of the physical devices and systems that technology has produced. Typical examples include automobiles, aircraft, turbines, robotics, and agriculture machinery.

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