Mechanical engineers design and develop everything you think of as a machine - from
supersonic fighter jets to bicycles to toasters. And they influence the design of
other products as well - shoes, light bulbs and even doors. Many mechanical engineers
specialize in areas such as manufacturing, robotics, automotive/transportation and
air conditioning. Others cross over into other disciplines, working on everything
from artificial organs to the expanding field of nanotechnology. And some use their
mechanical engineering degree as preparation for the practice of medicine and law.
The mechanical engineer may design a component, a machine, a system or a process.
Mechanical engineers will analyze their design using the principles of motion, energy,
and force to insure the product functions safely, efficiently, reliably, and can
be manufactured at a competitive cost.
Mechanical engineers work in the automotive, aerospace, chemical, computer, communication,
paper, and power generation industries. Mechanical engineers will be found in virtually
any manufacturing industry. Increasingly, mechanical engineers are needed in the
environmental and bio-medical fields. Indeed virtually every product or service
in modern life has probably been touched in some way by a mechanical engineer.