Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest and oldest of all the engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers are involved with almost every aspect of our lives, innovating and designing machines from computers to power generators to medical equipment. Mechanical engineering offers graduates a huge variety of career paths across a wide range of industries including aeronautics, motor car and engine development, transport systems, entertainment, electronics, medical and information technology.
What do Mechanical Engineers do?
Mechanical engineers create and design state-of-the-art machines and technologies by combining the principles of energy, materials and mechanics. They are the innovators and creators of processes that drive technology and industry. They are one of the main developers of new innovations such as faster car engines and the emerging fields of nanotechnology and biotechnology. Mechanical engineers are responsible for the development of robots, machines, and energy producing turbines, to name but a few.
As a mechanical engineer, technologist or technician, you can work for -
- Industry: innovating, creating and testing designs
- for new technologies
- Government: product testing and establishing
- safety standards
- Consultancy: carrying out studies about possible
- changes or improvements and estimating costs
- of products for clients
- Research Centres: carry out research in the use of
- different types of fuel and energy, materials handling,
- heating and cooling processes, the storage and pumping
- of liquids and gases and environmental controls
Employers of mechanical engineering graduates include -
- Glen Dimplex
- Irish Rail
- Aer Lingus