Mechanical engineering is the art of using problem-solving techniques and applying them to the design and manufacturing of an object. It is the branch of engineering that involves the design, production, and operation of machinery by applying physics, engineering, mathematics, and materials science principles. Without mechanical engineering, we would not have things like engines, generators, elevators or even air conditioning.
Mechanical engineering emerged as a field during the Industrial Revolution in Europe in the 18th century; however, its development can be traced back several thousands of years around the world. It is perhaps the most diverse of engineering disciplines.
Mechanical engineers work to develop a wide range of products and systems including, transmissions, engine parts, aircraft engines, control systems, prosthetic devices, disk drives, printers, semiconductor tools, sensors, gas turbines, wind turbines, fuel cells, compressors, robots, machine tools, space shuttle vehicles, turbines, pumps, power plants, factories, and more. The list is endless. If you look around you, and see a product, think how and where it was manufactured. Even if you consider a complicated product such as a laptop, or a simple item like a ballpen, it is almost guaranteed that it was touched by a mechanical engineer in some part of its engineering design cycle. It would have also been manufactured with the help of a machine that a mechanical engineer designed and worked on.
In order to design and manufacture mechanical systems, mechanical engineers need to have a deep understanding of mechanics, dynamics, thermodynamics, electricity, and structural analysis. They also need to be able to use computers, CAD (computer-aided design), and CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) to produce and analyze their designs, as well as to monitor the quality of products.
Through our course work we explore how simple kitchen appliances such as a can opener works. Or a more complex machine like a car runs? Come and let your imaginations run wild as you discover the endless applications of Mechanical Engineering! Learn how machines work and construct creations of your own. Real life examples and exciting applications of levers, pulleys and gears help you master this skill.
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