What is mechanical engineering?

Mechanical engineering is a branch of engineering concerned primarily with the industrial application of mechanics and the production of tools, machinery and their products. Mechanical engineers are typically involved with the generation, distribution, and use of energy; the processing of materials; the control and automation of manufacturing systems; the design and development of machines; and the solutions to environmental problems. Research, testing, manufacturing, operations, marketing and administration are other key activities associated with mechanical engineers. Through analysis, modeling, design, and synthesis, they solve problems to improve people's quality of life.

Why should I consider majoring in mechanical engineering?

Students of mechanical engineering learn about the machines that bring convenience and excitement to people's lives. They study the physics that make roller coasters loop and planes fly. They learn about the properties of materials that can withstand the heat of the sun and the cold of outer space. And they discover the secrets behind control systems such as the cruise control in a car.

What interests and values are related to mechanical engineering?

Students of mechanical engineering are usually creative, reliable and versatile. They work well in a team, and they have a good understanding of English and mathematics.

What career fields are related to mechanical engineering?

  • Aero Engineering Technology
  • Agricultural Mechanization
  • Aircraft/Airframe/Powerplant Mechanics/Technology
  • Autobody/Collision Repair/Technology
  • Automotive Engineering Technology
  • Automotive Mechanics/Technology
  • Avionics Maintenance/Technology
  • Construction Engineering
  • Construction Engineering Technology
  • Diesel Mechanics/Technology
  • Electrical Equipment Installation/Maintenance/Repair
  • Electromechanical/Biomedical Engineering Technology
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance Technology
  • Hydraulics & Fluid Power Technology
  • Industrial Production Technology
  • Mechanic & Repair Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Related Technology
  • Mechanics & Repairers
  • Vehicle Maintenance/Repair Technology
  • Electromechanical/Biomedical Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Drafting/CAD Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Related Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering

How can I learn more about mechanical engineering?

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Contact Source:

College of Physical Science & Engineering Academic Discovery Center

Location: Austin 106C

Phone: 208-496-9880

Email: CPSEacademicdiscoverycenter@byui.edu