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Mechanical
Engineering



By: Samantha Kraft











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Table Contents

Title Page


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TOB


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Field Report


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Interview


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Sample listing of courses


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Summary


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Citations


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Description of the field (Field Rep
ort)
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“Mechanical Engineering

is an
engineering

discipline that involves the application of
principles of
physics

for analysis,
design
,
manufacturing
, and maintenance of
mechanical systems
. Mechanical
engineering is one of the oldest and broadest engineering disciplines
. It requires a solid understanding of
core concepts including
mechanics
,
kinematics
,
thermodynamics
,
fluid mechanics
, and
energy
.”

Mechanical engineers research and develop machines, tools and many mechanical devices. A
mechanical engineer is concerned with the desig
n, planning and development of machines and equipment.

“Mechanical engineers play a big role in enhancing safety, economic vitality, enjoyment and
overall quality of life throughout the world.”
Mechanical engineers make things like lifesaving medical
devic
es, personal computers, athletic equipment, and aircrafts. M.E. are very important. They help our life
become easier and more pleasurable.

It requires vigorous college courses, and a lot of hard work, but they ultimately help a lot of people.
Areas
of spe
cialization are; Biomedical and Engineering Fluid Mechanics, Combustion and the Environment,
Ground Vehicle Systems, Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics, and Energy Systems, Manufacturing,
Mechanical Design, System Dynamics and Control, and Transportation System
s

The job prospects for mechanical engineering are very high. “Mechanical Engineering finds
applications in all fields of technology. They could work in many industries including private or public
sector industries of various types, and their work varies b
y industry and function. With the rapid rate of
expansion in the industrial sector, the employment potential for mechanical engineers is very high.



In the government sector, freshman could join as Junior Engineers and go up the
ladder

as Assistant
Engineers,

Assistant Executive Engineers, Executive Engineers, Superintendent Engineers, and so on.

These engineers are required in
automobile
, chemical, electronics, steel plants, oil exploration and
refining, technical wings of armed forces, space research organization, etc.


Candidates with post graduate
degree or

an additional
management degree

could find work in administrative and managerial positions in
government departments or public and private sector industries

or do research as well as teaching in


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r
esearch and teaching institutes. They could also opt for technical sales / marketing or work as independent
consultants.

Several government departments including Posts and Telegraphs, Defense, PWD, and CPWD
employ me
chanical engineers. Aeronautical, agricultural, automobile, chemical, and power plants, as well
as the railways, need mechanical engineers to design and maintain their machinery. In agricultural sector,
mechanical engineers play a vital role by establishin
g service centers for maintenance of tractors, oil
engines, pump sets, electric motors and other agricultural equipments.”

Mechanical engineers are found in
practically
every engineering organization, from large companies such as Pratt and Whitney and Moto
rola
to small engineering firms specializing in consulting services. Any company that designs and produces a
product needs a mechanical engineer. Many mechanical engineers also work in education at the university
level. This generally requires additional
advanced education beyond the bachelor’s degree. M.E. is very
common. You can even find and mechanical engineer in Disney World. They’re found in government, like
Aberdeen Proving Grounds. They’re found practically everywhere.


Mechanical engineers make a
low of 45,170, an average of about 69,850, and a high of about
104,900. They are one of the low earning engineering groups. Nuclear engineering and petroleum make
about the most. Mechanical engineers along with Agricultural engineers make less. Compared to

othe
occupations though, engineering has a fairly good salary, no matter what field. Of course, the higher degree
you have, or job you have, the different pay you will receive.



The duties of a Mechanical engineer

are to “
research, develop, design, manuf
acture, and test tools,
engines, machines, and other mechanical devices. They work on power
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producing machines such as
electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines. They also develop power
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using machines such as refrigeratio
n and air
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conditioning equipment, machine tools, material handling
systems, elevators and escalators, industrial production equipment, and robots used in manufacturing.
Mechanical engineers also design tools that other engineers need for their work. The fi
eld of
nanotechnology, which involves the creation of high
-
performance materials and components by integrating
atoms and molecules, is introducing entirely new pr
inciples to the design process.”



Mechanical engineers work in many industries, and their wor
k varies by industry and function.
Some specialize in energy systems; applied mechanics; automotive design; manufacturing; materials; plant
engineering and maintenance; pressure vessels and piping; and heating, refrigeration, and air
-
conditioning

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systems.
Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers may
work in production operations in manufacturing or agriculture, maintenance, or technical sales; many are
administrators or managers.


To become a mechanical eng
ineer, you
need
certain
college preparation
. A strong math
b
ackground

is important. “
Math in engineering starts with Calculus. Students in high school need a strong
background in math and should have a good mastery of pre
-
calculus topics before starting en
gineering.


Communication s
kills

are also i
mportant
.


A strong background in English and composition (writing) is a
great starting point for students entering our Engineering Degree Program.



















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Interview

Charles Depase

Elkton, MD Abe
rdeen Proving Grounds

Charles.depase@goarmy.mil



1. Q: How long did you go to school for?













A: 4 years of college













11 years of night school

2. Q: What tools do you use in your work?













A: Computer
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Word Processing, CAD, email
, engineering software to calculate heating, and cooling.

3. Q: Where did you go to school?













A: Penn State University, PA, Florida Institute of Technology

4. Q: Do you spend most of your day in an office or outside?

A: Mostly in the office. Occa
sionally, I have to visit a job site to observe conditions.


Sometimes I
have to visit with customers on attend meetings regarding project in their development and during
construction.

5. Q: Do you do any experiments?


If so what?

A: Not really. Constructi
on and renovation of buildings and facilities is a well developed field.
What I do is applied engineering.

6. Q: What

other jobs are associated with your field of engineering?


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A: Mechanical Engineers also design and build things that move
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cars, trucks, tr
ains, planes,
rocket.

7. Q: Why did you become interested in the field of engineering you are in?













A: I was pretty good in math, liked science, and enjoyed figuring out how things worked.

8. Q: How difficult was it to become an engineer?













A: I wasn’t easy, and it did require a lot of hard work. If you want to succeed, you have to give your
best effort.

9. Q: What would you tell someone that wanted to become an engineer?













A: There are a lot of different types of engineers. T
here are also a lot of appointments available.
There is a shortage of engineers in the country. Engineers are paid well.

10: Q: What kind of degree do you have now?













A: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Masters of Science in Engi
neering
Management.

11. Q: What classes did you have to take prior to your education?













A: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II/Trig, Cal
c
, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mechanical Drawing
(Drafting before there was CAD,) French I, II, III, Speech, and R
eligion.









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Sample listing of courses from an established university or college which offers this as a major
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Mechanical Engineering *

Civil Engineering *



EMA 4225 Mechanical Metallurgy

CES 3100 Structural
Analysis


FAMU
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FSU College of Engineering


COURSE TITLE:



Design and Analysis of Control System

CATALOG DESCRIPTION:

Mathematical modeling of continuous physical systems. Frequency and time d
omain analysis and design of
control systems. State variable representations of physical systems.


COURSE TITLE:



Advanced Design and Analysis of Control Systems

CATALOG DESCRIPTION
:

Design of advanced control systems (using time and frequency domains) w
ill be emphasized.

Implementation of control systems using continuous (operational amplifier) or digital (microprocessor)
techniques will be addressed and practiced.


COURSE TITLE:



Introduction to Robotics

CATALOG DESCRIPTION
:

Basic elements of a robot,

robot actuators, and servo control; sensors, senses, vision, and voice;
microprocessor system design and computers;
kinematic

equations; motion trajectories


COURSE TITLE:



Introduction to Mobile Robotics

CATALOG DESCRIPTION
:

Analytical dynamic modeling

and dynamic simulation of mobile robots; mobile robot sensors and sensor
fusion using Kalman filtering; basic methods of computer vision and standard image analysis techniques;
standard path planning and obstacle avoidance algorithms; trajectory planning
and control using dynamic
models.


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COURSE TITLE:



Computer Aided Design (CAD)

CATALOG DESCRIPTION
:

Introduction to the theory and practice of computer
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aided design: computer graphics, homogeneous
transformations; parametric solid modeling, optimization,
finite element analysis.


COURSE TITLE:



Design Using FEM

CATALOG DESCRIPTION:

The Finite Method what it is, elementary FEM theory, structures and elements, trusses, beams, and frames,
two
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dimensional solids, three
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dimensional solids,
ax symmetric

solids
, thin
-
walled structures, static and
dynamic problems, available hardware and software, basic steps in FEM analysis, pre/post processing,
interpretation of results, advanced modeling techniques, design optimization, advanced materials using
FEM.


COURSE TI
TLE:



Mechanical Metallurgy

CATALOG DESCRIPTION
:

Tensile instability, crystallography, theory of dislocations, plasticity, hardening mechanisms, creep and
fracture, electron microscopy, composite materials.


COURSE TITLE:


Optical and Electron Microsco
py

CATALOG DESCRIPTION
:

Fundamentals and techniques of optical and electron microscopy as applied to the determination of
physical, chemical, and structural properties of materials and behavior of materials in practice.



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COURSE TITLE:


Introduction to Gas

Dynamics

CATALOG DESCRIPTION
:

This course is a thorough one
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dimensional treatment of compressible flows and applications to nozzle,
diffuser, sound waves, tunnel, and shock tube flows
.

To attend this college you should have completed Algebra, Geometry, A
lgebra II/Trig, Calc,
Physics, Chemistry, Biology, CAD,

and English 9, 10, 11, and 12.






















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Summary


This report tells you al
l about Mechanical Engineering. As you have read, it’s a very difficult
pathw
ay to take, but in the end it’s very be
neficial.
You would receive a good pay, there are many jobs
available, and you really help people. This report tells you all about the areas of specialization, job
prospects, w
here thi
s type of engineer might work, expected salary ranges, d
uties and respon
sibi
lities of
this type of engineer, and the c
ollege preparation needed

to be a mechanical engineer. I have sample
courses, and I even spoke to a mechanical engineer. From his point of view, he says that “T
here are a lot of
different types of engineers. Th
ere are also a lot of appointments available. There is a shortage of engineers
in the country. Engineers are paid well.
” This report gives you all the details you need, about being an
engineer report.




















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Citation
s


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mechanical_engineering

http://www.eng.fsu.edu/me/ugradpro/abet/Appendix/CourseSyllabi
/electives.html#4225

http://www.webindia123.com/career/options/eng/mecha/data/career.htm

http://www.me.fau.edu/faqs.htm


http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos027.htm


http://www.collegegrad.com/careers/Mechanical
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Engineers.shtml

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_some_duties_of_a_mechanical_engineer


http://www.erau.edu/prescott/engineering/
aed/bme/precollege.html