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Why Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest and broadest disciplines of engineering, involving the design, development, building and testing of mechanical and thermal devices. This can range from tools, parts and products to engines and machines, with applications in nearly every industry.

These professionals regularly use computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided engineering (CAE), finite element analysis (FEA), computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and simulation and data analysis software platforms. They will also work in project-based teams as well as take on leadership responsibilities.

Engineers with a master’s of mechanical engineering are on the cutting-edge of creating new, innovative technologies in many established and emerging fields, including:

  • Composite materials
  • Acoustics
  • Biomedical and biomechanical devices
  • Micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS)
  • Nanotechnology
  • Space exploration
  • Robotics and automation

Is Mechanical Engineering for me?

The mechanical engineering discipline employs one of the largest numbers of engineers, because a master’s degree in mechanical engineering is one of the most versatile engineering degrees, with opportunities in many industries, including:

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Robotics
  • Manufacturing
  • Product design
  • Engineering consulting
  • Defense and military
  • Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
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Possible Career paths

  • Design Engineer, Mechanical

    Design engineers will create and develop innovative concepts and designs for mechanical parts, tools or machines using CAD and other engineering software. These professionals will also work with customers to solve engineering challenges according to required specifications, analyze and test new or existing mechanical systems and design for cost optimization and effective manufacturing.

  • Plant Engineering Mechanic

    Plant engineering mechanics will work in a factory or other production facility and be responsible for inspecting, troubleshooting, maintaining and repairing or replacing production machinery parts and systems. They may also be responsible for supervising and completing plant engineering projects and activities such as process improvement, equipment installations and planning or implementing a sustainable maintenance program.

  • Mechanical Engineer, Research and Development

    Mechanical engineers working in R&D will design, develop and test new products or innovative uses for existing products and materials. They will lead or contribute to projects to bring innovative developments from concept to design to launch, in collaboration with non-engineering teams such as marketing, sales and operations.

  • 3D Design and CNC Programming Engineer

    Mechanical engineers with strong design and CNC programming skills can work to design parts, assemblies and tools and bring these designs to prototype and production through the programming and use of three, four and five-axis CNC milling machines and lathes. These engineers will also use software platforms such as SolidWorks and Mastercam.

  • Senior Product Design Engineer

    Senior product design engineers are responsible for leading design project teams, providing technical and managerial guidance to engineering teams, producing technical documentation and drawings, as well as overseeing the design and production of component parts, products and mechanical devices. They may also be responsible for testing and inspection of prototypes and final products, implementing engineering changes and quality control.

  • Manufacturing Engineer

    Manufacturing engineers with a mechanical engineering specialty may be responsible for developing prototypes, tools and production manufacturing plans to producing products efficiently and cost-effectively. These professionals will identify and implement possible process improvements, design and build prototypes, create and maintain technical documentation and write product specifications.

  • Product Development Engineer

    Product development engineers will research, design, prototype, test and document product development projects and processes, ensuring all parts, components and assemblies adhere to industry, business and safety standards. They may work closely with non-engineering teams including marketing and sales during the development process.

  • Mechanical Engineer, Renewable Energy

    Mechanical engineers working in the energy industry can be involved in or managing projects to design and build renewable heat and power systems for public, commercial and government facilities. They will prepare technical drawings using CAD software, produce project reports collecting and analyzing data on performance and other trends, while also recommending solutions to support customer goals.

  • Testing Engineer, Automotive Systems

    The automotive industry employs testing engineers to analyze and test automotive drive and other mechanical systems with a focus on durability, function and performance. Responsibilities can include developing test plans and procedures, determining design feasibility for parts and components, creating data settings, testing standards and predicting system failures.

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