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As a student in mechanical engineering, I have a question about the future of this field. It seems that in today's scientific environment most new advancements and discoveries are occurring in the fields of electrical or aerospace engineering. I am interested in mechanical engineering, however, and would like to find out what areas of this practice are at the forefront of technology so that I might choose my course work with this in mind.

If you like mechanical engineering, then my advice is to continue to pursue it. Both electrical/electronic and aerospace engineering have strong mechanical components to them. The field of factory automation, which is partly electronic and computer engineering, is by far mostly mechanical. There are several other specific fields that could be suggested. One suggestion, however -- become very fluent in several CAD and CAD/CAM/CIM languages. If your college does not offer courses in them, find a tech school or private school that does. Successful ME's more and more need these skills.


Advancements and discoveries are being made in just about every field, including mechanical engineering. My advice is to go with what comes natural to you. I found that fluids and heat transfer were easy for me, so I specialized in heat transfer and fluid mechanics. By choosing mechanical engineering, you have opened for yourself a large opportunity. You can specialize in just about anything you like: plant design, power generation, fluids, design, CAD, etc. As for class work, take a wide range (if possible) to see what you like best. There is always advancement and discoveries as long as you want to push yourself to find them.


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