Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mechanical Engineering: The Gateway to a Promising Career

By Shashank Gupta

Mechanical Engineering is one of the oldest, but most promising branches of engineering. Several career opportunities available in the field make it a preferred option among the young students in India. The following post throws light on career as a mechanical engineer.

Mechanical Engineering- An Overview

Mechanical engineering is a popular and a broad specialization in the field of engineering. It involves the important concepts of designing, maintaining, analyzing and manufacturing of mechanical systems. A strong knowledge of critical areas like mechanics, thermodynamics, kinematics and energy is the need of the job. Mechanical engineering involves the important principles of physics, engineering and material science. Jobs in the field include designing and maintaining automobiles, aircrafts, medical devices and a wide range of machineries.

Job Responsibilities
The exact job responsibility in a mechanical engineer job mainly depends on the job role and the type of organization you are working with. However, some common responsibilities that constitute a part of this career involve analyzing test results and designs for different mechanical devices, developing & testing a prototype, creating blueprints for manufacturing processes of mechanical devices, analyzing technical problems and other related activities.
Working as a general facilities engineer, a skilled mechanical engineer will be involved in installing new facilities, estimating projects, managing process modification project and scheduling different projects. They could also be involved in finding new and optimizing the existing operations.
One can find a wide range of job roles in manufacturing, technical sales, design and project management. Such fields demand highly skilled engineers. Hence, to perform well in the field, an aspiring candidate needs expert knowledge in science, physics, mathematics, and possess problem solving abilities.

Career Opportunities
A degree in mechanical engineering offers great career opportunities in a wide range of fields, such as teaching, research, military, manufacturing, consulting, and management. As per the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS), engineers in this field find lucrative job offers in architecture and several other related engineering services. A strong demand can be witnessed by mechanical engineers in broad industries like Oil & Gas and manufacturing.
Also, according to the BLS, the job openings for mechanical engineers are projected to increase by over 9% by 2020. The lucrative median annual salary of $ 79,500 makes mechanical engineering one of the most sought after career options among the aspiring engineers. However, salary range may vary as per the location, company and economic conditions.
To become a mechanical engineer, one must earn a bachelor's degree in the field. Moreover, the person should possess excellent mechanical skills, mathematical skills, creativity, and be a critical thinker.
Those interested in pursuing a degree in the field can find several reputed engineering colleges in India, which offer degrees in mechanical engineering. Some of them include:
  • Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani
  • Indian School of Mines (ISM)
  • National Institute of Technology
  • R. V. College of Engineering
  • Maharashtra Institute of Engineering
Apart from these colleges, all the reputed Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), including Delhi, Bombay, Kanpur Madras and Roorkee offer degree in mechanical engineering.
Working as a professional mechanical engineer means that you will certainly have to work on different mechanical devices, machines, tools, and engines. If this sounds interesting and remains to be your dream career option, then mechanical engineering is the right option for you.
So, pursue a degree in mechanical engineering from one of the top ranking technical institutions in India and get ready to enjoy a successful career!

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