:Mechanical Engineers study
Statics: How are forces transmitted to and throughout a structure
Dynamics: What are the velocities,accelerations and resulting forces for a system motion
Kinematics: How does a mechanism behave as it moves through its range of motion? Strength of Materials: Is the component strong enough to support the loads? Is it stiff enough
Materials Science: Which material has the optimum properties
Thermodynamics : How does energy get converted to useful power? What are the losses? Fluid Mechanics: What is the pressure drop due to the fluid flow? What are the aerodynamic drag forces
Heat Transfer: How do you calculate heat transfer rates from temperature data? How do you predict the temperature distributions
Manufacturing: What manufacturing processes do you select
Machine Design: How do you synthesize all of the above
Electrical Circuits: How do you integrate electronic controls into your design
Laboratory Methods: How do you make and interpret both thermal and mechanical measurements
Vibrations: How do you predict and control vibrations?
Engineering Economics: How do you estimate manufacturing costs
Mechanical Engineers can take the following career paths:
- Industry (the most common)
- Graduate School
- Entrepreneur/Business Owner
- Research Labs
- Preparation for other Professions (law, medicine, teaching, etc.)
Mechanical Engineers are engaged in the following activities:
- Conceptual design
- Presentations and report writing
- Multidisciplinary teamwork
- Concurrent engineering
- Benchmarking the competition
- Project management
- Data Interpretation
- Developmental design
- Work with suppliers
- Customer service
Skills that help Mechanical Engineers to be successful in their careers:
- Problem solving (The essence of engineering!)
- Hands-on understanding
- Leadership/conflict resolution
- Knowledge management
Mechanical Engineering careers can have the following stages:
- Early years - technical work most important
- Middle years - project management and product expert knowledge (still technical) become more important.
- Senior years - corporate, market, and global understanding become important.
- Communication and team skills remain important throughout.
?What Makes Our Undergraduate Program Unique
The Undergraduate Program is nationally ranked as 25th (top 16%) and 2nd in Michigan among 148 doctoral-granting mechanical engineering departments in the U.S. in the 2005 U.S. News & World Report: America's Best Colleges.
Michigan Tech's engineering programs have been ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited since accreditation began.
Michigan Tech has a laboratory oriented curriculum. All the department courses are taught by faculty; graduate students serve as lab instructors.
Two special features are the Senior Design Program and the Enterprise Program, two options that students may choose to perform a major design and research project to participate with and help an industrial partner.