Mechanical Engineering (MECH)
Mechanical engineeringis one of the oldest and broadest engineering disciplines.
This highly popular branch of engineering is concerned with the design, production, installation, maintenance, construction, and operation of power plants, engines, and machines.
It deals mostly with things that move. Mechanical engineering overlaps with aerospace engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, and petroleum engineering to varying amounts.
It is one of the primitive branches of Engineering which have remained forever in demand and it will continue to be in the future. This is why Mechanical trade is called as an Evergreen trade (branch), there will always be opportunities here, despite varying market trends.
As the Industrial sector has considerably risen in pace, the need for more mechanical engineers has increased exponentially. Every manufacturing and production industry needs mechanical engineers to carry out jobs efficiently for their companies.
Mechanical engineers work in the automotive, nanotechnology, aerospace, chemical, computer, communication, paper, and power generation industries.
Mechanical engineers will be found in virtually any manufacturing industry. Every product or service in modern life has probably been touched in some way by a mechanical engineer. Within this stream there can be further specializations like thermal engineering, design, and production engineering, etc.
What will you learn?
As a mechanical engineer, you will determine the direction of your career. Pathways are far-reaching and include -
- Working with computer software to design and develop new machinery
- Studying auto aerodynamics using powerful supercomputers
- Inventing an ultrasonic device that deters whales, dolphins, and seals from swimming into fishing nets
- Designing a rocket engine to withstand the subzero temperatures of outer space
- Developing a microprobe small enough to dissect a single nerve cell under a microscope
- Analyzing machinery such as gas turbines, control devices, and jet engines, with the goal of improving performance
- Designing prostheses or biomedical devices
What is there to study?
Mechanical Engineers have to study a whole lot of physics, Engineering drawing, machine drawing and many more concepts such as -
- Strength of Materials - SOM
- Materials Science
- Theory of Machines - TOM
- Fluid Mechanics - FM
- Heat Transfer
- Machine Design
- Electrical Circuits
- Laboratory Methods
- Fundamental of Electronics - FOE
- Engineering Economics
- Manufacturing Process
- Computer Aided Design/ Drafting (CAD)
- Automobile Engineering
- Industrial Automation and Robotics
- Engineering Mechanics
- Engineering Drawing
Who Should Join Mechanical Engineering?
If you are interested in Machine & mechanical systems, if you are inspired and motivated by technology and by the physics or if you have a curious and analytical mind that enjoys the study and application of science, technology and mathematics and if you are willing to embark in the serious study and practice of those subjects, you are an ideal candidate for the enrollment in an MechanicalEngineering undergraduate program.
Career Scope and Placement Prospects for Mechanical Engineers
Mechanical Engineering has a great scope in automobile engineering, cement industry, steel, power sector, Hydraulics, Milltary, Manufacturing plants, Drilling and mining Industry, Petroleum, Aeronautical, Power Plants, Biotechnology and many more. With its wide scope of application, Mechanical Engineers remain always in demand, no matter which part of the world.
Recruiters include ISRO, DRDO, Indian Railway, ABB, TATA Motors, General Motors, Fiat, Reliance Industries, Reliance Power Ltd, Indian Air force, Indian Army, Thermal power corporations,Ashoka Leyland, Mahindra & Mahindra etc.
Pay Scale for Mechanical Engineers
Entry-level salaries range from about Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 3 lakh per annum.
A small and medium industries companies hire Mechanical Engineers starting Rs 15,000/- to 20,000/- per month. Large companies such as Siemens, L&T and several other MNCs give a package of Rs 15000/- to Rs 35000/- per month to fresh Mechanical graduates.