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Mechanical Engineering


: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
  • Military
  • Government
  • Preparation for other Professions (law, medicine, teaching, etc.)

Mechanical Engineers are engaged in the following activities:

  • Conceptual design
  • Analysis
  • Presentations and report writing
  • Multidisciplinary teamwork
  • Concurrent engineering
  • Benchmarking the competition
  • Project management
  • Prototyping
  • Testing
  • Measurements
  • Data Interpretation
  • Developmental design
  • Research
  • Work with suppliers
  • Sales
  • Consulting
  • Customer service

Skills that help Mechanical Engineers to be successful in their careers:

  • Problem solving (The essence of engineering!)
  • Creativity
  • Hands-on understanding
  • Networking
  • 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.