Mechanical engineers research, develop, design, manufacture and test tools, engines, machines and other mechanical devices, they could even work for one of the most complex systems of all: the human body! As a mechanical engineer, your focus could be on:
- Designing, developing and improving the usability and safety of our cars, vans, bikes, buses etc. – from their levers and engines to their hydraulics and air conditioning systems;
- Assisting with exciting developments in the transport sector such as the production of driverless cars and environmentally-friendly vehicles.
Your work would contribute towards more efficient, safe and environmentally-friendly transport vehicles.
To put it simply, mechanical engineering deals with anything that moves. They know about materials, solid and fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, control, instrumentation, design, and manufacturing to understand mechanical systems.
Meet Sofia Kovalevskaya. She wrote groundbreaking mathematical theories in her day. An understanding of mathematics is important for mechanical engineers! And watch the video of mathematics student Lisa Schowe.
Students who enjoy mathematics may find that they also excel at engineering.