Future of mechanical engineering
Name: David A
Date: Around 1993
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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