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How to Become a Mechanical Engineer: 15 steps (with pictures


How to Become a Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical engineers will find their skills in demand in a variety of fields and industries including medical, scientific research, construction, aerospace, acoustics, combustion, and automotive engineering. If a device requires movement or manufacturing, design, testing, or packaging, a mechanical engineer will most likely be involved.



Study mathematics, the sciences, and computers in high school. Study pre-calculus and, if possible, calculus at a high school level, and be sure to take chemistry and physics classes in high school. Physics and calculus are the back bones of engineering courses; understanding them is key to getting a degree. Certain types of engineering will require knowledge of computer programming, learn it sooner than later.

Study mathematics, the sciences, and computers in high school.


Participate in math contests and science fairs. Try engineering contests, too, if they are active in your area.


Develop hobbies related to mechanical engineering. These may include astronomy, rocketry, geology, auto mechanics, bicycle repair, welding, or even robotics. Any sort of tinkering is good practice.


Learn to use different sorts of tools. Hammers and screwdrivers are a great place to start, but there are many more types than that. If you have the opportunity to take a wood, metals, or plastics shop class, do so. Auto shop is also a good choice. Don't forget to learn about various kinds of measuring tools, too.

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Take stuff apart. Ask friends and family to give you appliances and other machines that have broken, or gather them inexpensively from garage sales or even neighbors' curbs. Then, open them up and see what makes them go. If you can put something back together so that it works, great! If not, figure out what's inside and see what you can learn from it before throwing it out. If you're still not sure what's going on in there, look it up and find out.
See what's inside.


Explore the field of electronics, which may include activities such as ham radio and computer repair. Build stereo speakers for fun. Constructing speakers requires both woodworking and electrical skills. Learn the resistor code for fun. Although electronics are

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13 Get a university degree. juggling.powered vehicle go. it is also about creative problem solving. It could even be a new process or a more efficient way of organizing your desk or going about your day-to-day tasks.or gravity. An inspection process. Assemble boxed furniture or start from scratch. Electronics and mechanics go hand in hand. Create your own lava lamp or trebuchet. to be able to communicate with electrical engineers. Where do paper clips come from? How about computer chips or jelly beans? Part of a mechanical engineer's job is to design things so that they can be efficiently.novapdf. 12 Develop your creativity. writing. 8 Develop solid written communication skills. Documentation and technical writing skills are a must in many mechanical engineering jobs. Make a potato launcher. playing. 9 Invent something. learn a CAD (computer-aided drafting) program or two. Although a lot of mechanical engineering is about being systematic and analytical. check the local and internet listings to see what engineering jobs are in your area or areas you don't mind moving to as it possible a job that may interest you may not be available in your area. so it's good to know a bit of both. at the very least. Also. Print to PDF without this message by purchasing novaPDF ( more closely associated with electrical engineering. and how they are built. 7 Take drafting classes. Those without degrees or state certification may work as mechanical designers or drafters. 11 Take an interest in manufacturing. Try drawing. Even fun or silly projects will help you get used to thinking about how things work. drafting classes may be available at the high school or community college level. It could be something as simple as a bent wire coat hanger to dislodge something that always sticks. inexpensively fabricated. listening. Some mechanical engineers do specialize in electrical engineering and become electromechanical engineers.How to Become a Mechanical Engineer: 15 steps (with pictures) http://www. More and more systems are electromechanical. see how far you can make a mousetrap. What will you think of next? 10 Build something. in 2 of 4 16/03/2013 08:38 PM . A big part of inventing is communicating how to build your invention. Or. It will make you a better engineer and a more well-rounded person. or even a new idea. It doesn't have to be the next light bulb. rather than as engineers. and exploring. If at all possible. too. playing music.wikihow. mechanical engineers need. learning. Some states may offer certification through examinations. Even though some engineering schools do not offer drafting classes.

projects. join your high school's FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics program. Co-op programs or internships provide excellent experience. and most offer accepted accredited engineering degrees. math. New Mexico Tech and Montana Tech are examples of small schools with excellent engineering programs. Tips Focus on achieving the highest grade in science. unplug things before opening them up. The federal government offers co-op programs along with junior engineer hiring programs. all good things take time and effort. A mechanical engineering curriculum is a rigorous course of study that will require discipline and hard work to complete.wikihow. If you want to go into auto design or manufacture Look for opportunities and resources available from professional societies. The importance of getting practical experience in any area that you may be interested in can't be overstated. it will be well worth it as most of your core classes are based solely on the concepts you learn from them. Retake classes if you have to: a four year engineering degree takes most people about five years. Confirm that your schools. and often also organizes trips and seminars. Larger universities may offer a wider variety of coursework and the ability to specialize as well as bachelor degrees and usually up to doctorate degrees while smaller community colleges typically offer associate degrees and/or the ability to transfer to a bachelor level college. Making friends with classmates is particularly helpful. try shop classes. just keep pushing. If possible.novapdf. (The capacitors inside can hold a dangerous Print to PDF without this message by purchasing novaPDF (http://www. Having fun and keeping the bigger picture in mind will help you get through it. as well as outside of class. such as ASME (excellent opportunities to meet and learn from students and professionals in the field. 15 Do not give up! There is a lot of hard work associated with getting any engineering degree. The opportunity for advancement in many companies will be present. and don't mess around inside televisions and CRT monitors. You get to work on advanced-level engineering problems much earlier than most students. and research opportunities offered at your particular school. but it is well worth the effort. but it will take hard work to get to the top. look up professor reviews before signing up for their classes! Pay attention to safety. and get a strong advantage on college applications. hybrid and human powered vehicle design projects. study them and apply them every opportunity you get in the real world. Beware of commercial trade schools that offer technical programs. You will likely be worked to your breaking point in many classes. At the university 14 Decide what type of school you would like to attend and what degree you are seeking. and technical courses in high school. Getting through a 4 year engineering degree will not be a walk in the park. Check the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website for more information. Getting good professors is key to staying sane and being able to understand material without breaking yourself. Smaller colleges or technical schools may offer smaller classes and more of a "hands on" approach to engineering. Mechanical Engineering degrees are notoriously theoretical. colleges or universities of choice offer regionally accredited programs. Starting salaries can depend largely upon one's graduating GPA and previous work experience in the field. At the high school level. Use tools appropriately. Get practical experience if 3 of 4 16/03/2013 08:38 PM . or even check out the concrete canoe competition if it's active at your school. Some government engineers work with weapon systems and research projects. as is being courteous to any teaching assistants or tutors who make themselves available. Take advantage of any opportunity to get hands-on experience throughout your education. If possibly. especially wood shop if it's offered. look to participate in robotics contests. Warnings Engineering is a "professional" job and one that is currently in high demand. get an early start on calculus and physics. which requires learning and understanding deep concepts and equations. Some of the best engineering schools are small colleges: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. At some point you probably will fail classes and question your decision.How to Become a Mechanical Engineer: 15 steps (with pictures) http://www. Your professors can to tell you more about the programs.

working as a mechanical engineer. Related wikiHows How to Become a Furniture Designer How to Be-a-Chemical-Engineer How to Become-a-Civil-Engineer How to Become-a-Sound-Engineer How to Become-a-Software-Engineer How to Switch Careers How to Become an Engineer How to Become a Hard Worker Sources and Citations The American Society of Mechanical Engineers Print to PDF without this message by purchasing novaPDF (http://www. the skills learned in that environment can be more beneficial to an engineering career than a good test grade. Take care to balance your time in school with social activities.) Becoming too committed to the study of Mechanical Engineering can negatively affect your communication skills. and particularly calling oneself a "professional engineer" or certain other titles requires a charge long after they are unplugged. While anyone may tinker and invent. particularly with 4 of 4 16/03/2013 08:38 PM .wikihow.How to Become a Mechanical Engineer: 15 steps (with pictures) http://www.novapdf.