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Job Opportunities After Mechanical Engineering

Updated: Dec 8, 2022

Introduction to Mechanical Engineering job opportunities.

According to the All India Council for Technical Education, more than 60% of the eight lakh engineers who graduate from technical institutes across the country each year are unemployed.

This could result in a loss of 20 lakh man-days every year. That's not all, though. Only 15% of engineering programs provided by over 3,200 universities are certified by the National Board of Accreditation, and less than 1% of engineering students participate in summer internships (NBA). All of this indicates the wide range of technical college standards across the country, with the majority of them producing unemployed graduates. This is primarily owing to the NBA's slowness in accrediting private engineering institutions that lack basic infrastructure, laboratories, and even enough faculty to deliver the courses.

An Overview of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is one of the first fields of engineering that existed before the name "engineering" was coined. Mechanical Engineering is sometimes referred to as the "mother" of engineering, owing to the huge, broad, and diverse opportunities available in the discipline. Everything happened because of the notions of mechanics, from the early discovery of fire by early man to the Industrial Revolution in England. Mechanical Engineering is an unavoidable achievement of early engineering breakthroughs that, with the help of technology, has evolved into a more modernized form in the contemporary digital era.

Mechanical Engineers: What Do They Do?

Mechanical engineers can choose from a variety of specializations, according to tradition.

  • Dynamic Fluid Mechanics (i.e. CFD)

  • Solid mechanics and machine design (i.e. Structural Analysis, FEA)

  • Engineering & Processing of Materials

  • Specialization in Welding and Joints

  • Control & Automation (i.e. Manufacturing, Industrial Engineering, Robotics)

  • Engineering of Thermodynamics

These specialties usually focus on the design of cutting-edge manufacturing machinery, the manufacture of various vehicles/automobiles, the construction of aircraft or spacecraft, and a wide range of industrial machinery and accessories.

Mechanical Engineers are needed in a variety of fields.

  • Various engine development

  • Plants that generate electricity

  • Nuclear power plant heating and coolant management

  • Dams and canals, for example, are complex machines like the Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Radia Engine.

Mechanical engineers are needed not only to design but also to maintain these structures in the long run. They also conduct testing regularly to ensure that the structure is in good working order. All of these positions are typical of what Mechanical Engineers do after graduation. However, the evolution of machines and technology-infused design approaches has pushed Mechanical Engineering's boundaries far beyond these conventional duties.

Neo-Mechanical Engineers are primarily concerned with:

  • Nanotechnology

  • New composite materials are being developed.

  • Applications in biomedicine

  • Restoration and conservation of the environment

  • Petroleum docks for crude oil extraction

  • Mechatronics (Mechanical+ Electronics) is a combination of mechanical and electronics engineering.

Professionals must now move into the financial and marketing parts of product development, as well as human resource management, due to the ever-expanding breadth of this job description. Overall, your Mechanical Engineering degree is presented to you on a platter with a variety of cuisines from which to choose!

What's the Beginning of It All?

If you want to pursue Mechanical Engineering as a career, you should be interested in learning how different machines work. This idea should have been with you since elementary school when you were taught to disassemble bicycles, mechanical toys, and clocks and reassemble them. The first step in becoming a Mechanical Engineer is to try to figure out what's going on inside a machine.

Is this the right career path for me?

Entry into Mechanical Engineering, like other job choices, necessitates certain basic characteristics. To begin, you must have an interest in mechanical principles and mechanisms. You must excel in physics, chemistry, and mathematics. You'll also need analytical thinking, logical reasoning, and problem-solving abilities.

You'll also need a lot of patience, physical strength, the capacity to work long hours, and an imaginative spirit to be a good Mechanical Engineer.

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