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Introduction to Mechanical


Engineering
• What is engineering?
• What do engineers do?
• What do mechanical engineers do?
• The basic engineering process
• Conclusions
• What is an Engineer?Engineering is the
profession in which knowledge of the
mathematical and natural sciences gained
by study, experience, and practice is applied
with judgement to develop ways to utilize,
economically, the materials and forces of
nature for the benefit of mankind. [ABET]
• Engineering turns the potential value of
science into reality by translating scientific
knowledge into tools, resources, energy,
products, information, and labor to bring
them into service to mankind. The Engineer
must have the humanistic sense to
understand the needs of society and the
imagination to visualize what is possible.
• What Engineers Do ?
• Build a Bridge?
• Make a Robot?
• Work on a Computer?
• Drive a Train?
• Repair Car Engines
• Where Do Engineers Work?
• Industry
• Analytical engineer
• Design engineer
• Test engineer
• Manufacturing engineer
• Development engineer
• Research engineer
• Sales engineer, management, consulting
• Engineering in Academia
• Teaching: classroom teaching, student
supervision, course and curriculum development,
community involvement.
• Research: creating and organizing new
knowledge and tools; disseminating that
knowledge through publications, presentations,
consulting.
• Service: leadership in professional societies;
consulting and advising government and
community organizations.
• Why Be An Engineer?
• Money ??
• Fame ??
• Fortune ??
might YOU want to be an
Engineer?
• You have high goals in life and want to get a
rigorous education!
• You like math and sciences, and would like to
apply them to real world problems!
• You enjoy hands-on work and tinkering with
things!
• Your family wants you to be an engineer!
• You were told that engineers make a lot of money!
• You were told that you can get a good job with an
engineering degree!
• You didn't know what else to choose as your
What are the Different Fields in
Engineering?
• Electrical and Computer Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering
• Civil Engineering
• Chemical Engineering
• Aerospace Engineering
• Petroleum Engineering
• Others: Industrial, Acoustics, Biomedical,
Conclusions
• This is a class which will give you an overall view
of what you will face as an engineering student,
and as a professional engineer.
• Pay attention to the curriculum content to see
whether this is what you want to study for the next
4-5 years.
• Listen carefully to the guest speakers and ask
yourself whether you would enjoy being in their
place 10 years from now.
• Get involved in professional activities: ASME,
SME, SAE, ...