What is Mechanical Engineer?
The invention of the wheel is said to be a work of mechanical engineering. About 5,500 years later, qualified mechanical engineers are adding to or improvising products that make civilisation run. Look around — from something as large as a lift system to something as small as a wristwatch, every piece of machinery has the touch of a mechanical engineer.
One of the oldest branches of engineering
, mechanical engineering is all about the design, analysis, manufacture and maintenance of anything that has moveable components. Also known as the 'mother' of all engineering branches, the application of Mechanical Engineering is vast and varied. Simply put, Mechanical Engineers develop processes and systems that drive technology and industry.
The key characteristics of mechanical engineering
include - breadth, flexibility, and individuality
. The career path of a mechanical engineer is largely determined by individual choices, a decided advantage in a changing world.
Today, a mechanical engineer can choose from a plethora of fields - carbon and eco friendly environment, environmental and biomedical fields, Nano Technology, Automotive/ Transportation, Bio medical Engineering, Energy Transformation. Some mechanical engineers have also excelled in working on artificial organs. Robotics is the one of the milestone in this field of technology.
Besides this, many public undertaking companies, automobile companies, construction companies and sometimes even software companies offer jobs to fresh Mechanical Engineer graduates.
Typical work schedule
While the work policy of organisations vary from industry to industry and geography to geography, we provide you with a generic overview of what the work of a Mechanical Engineer would be like. Please bear in mind that there will be deadline based times, when you will have to spend longer hours.
The average day of a mechanical engineer working in the R&D division of an automobile company:
7.30 am: Leave for office
8 am: Breakfast at office canteen
8.15 am: Look at the day’s activities in the week plan
8.45 pm: Departmental meeting with section head to discuss problems, progress, field complaints or testing issues
9.15 am: Tea break
9.25 am to 1.15 pm: Talk to design and testing teams about the points discussed in the morning meeting. Check drawings of parts under development, made by CAD (computer-aided design) engineers. Go through the simulation and analysis report prepared by design engineers (who are mostly mechanical engineers and some auto engineers)
1.15 pm: Lunch
1.45 pm: Visit testing lab. Monitor progress of products (e.g. steering, chassis under
6.30 pm: Leave for the day