What is a
Mechanical Engineer?

Mechanical engineers create and develop mechanical systems for all of humankind. Concerned with the principles of force, energy and motion, mechanical engineers use their knowledge of design, manufacture, and operational processes to advance the world around us — enhancing safety, economic vitality and enjoyment throughout the world.

Not only do mechanical engineers help design everything from athletic equipment, medical devices and personal computers to air conditioners, automobile engines and electric power plants, they also design the machines that produce these innovations. Virtually every aspect of life is touched by mechanical engineering. Spanning multiple industries, the career opportunities for mechanical engineers are diverse and found worldwide throughout thousands of companies ranging from large multinational to small local firms.

> Aerospace
> Automotive
> Bio-technology
> Chemical
> Computers
> Construction
> Consumer products

> Energy
> Electronics
> Engineering consulting
> Entertainment
> Government
> Nano-technology
> Robotics

MECHANICAL ENGINEERS AS INNOVATORS AND ENTREPRENEURS

Jonathon Cedar

"I earned my degrees in Engineering and Environmental Science and started out as a product design engineer, learning how things are made. Then at age 28, I founded BioLite to develop clean energy access products for off-grid communities around the world. The BioLite HomeStove, for example, cuts toxic indoor smoke by 95% while generating electricity to charge mobile phones and LED lights. Engineering is how what could be becomes what is."
Jonathon Cedar
CEO/chief product design engineer
BioLite Stoves, Brooklyn, New York

That's Engineering

Who designs the things that make the world a better place, help people in need, and help society confront its greatest challenges — of energy, safe water, and transportation?

Who will design the ultra-miniature machines and tiny implantable medical devices of the future that navigate the human body to search for disease and save lives?

And who makes it possible to enjoy the things we take for granted everyday — from your your cellphone, IPod, and computer, to roller blades, surfboard, or favorite video game?

The fact is, engineers are responsible for virtually everything you see or use during the course of your day. For all the challenges and cool solutions mentioned above, chances are a mechanical engineer had, or will have, something to do with it.

 

IF SOMETHING MOVES OR USES ENERGY, A MECHANICAL ENGINEER WAS PROBABLY INVOLVED IN ITS DESIGN OR PRODUCTION.

 

ENGINEERS KEEP EVOLVING — AND INVENTING

Rhea Naidoo

"I love that I get to influence the world around me. I transform ideas into pictures, and then those pictures are transformed into buildings, structures and finally a plant appears on what, just a year back, was an empty hillside. I'm involved in every step of the process so I get to see the project come to life. It's so real! I like the fact that my department is small enough so that I can take on big responsibilities early on, but big enough that we get to work on major projects."
Rhea Naidoo
Junior Mechanical Project Engineer
Xstrata Projects Chrome Division, South Africa

 

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IF SOMETHING MOVES OR USES ENERGY, A MECHANICAL ENGINEER WAS PROBABLY INVOLVED IN ITS DESIGN OR PRODUCTION.