Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical engineering is the profession that develops machinery and mechanical systems. They use the principles of physics and material science in the design, analysis, manufacture and maintenance of mechanical machines and systems. Many mechanical engineers are also required to understand and use many of the principles of hydraulics, electronics, robotics and optics. Mechanical engineers design machines and systems for production in many industries. For more information on some of these industries read our Industries article.

Mechanical engineers design many of the machines that are used in the production of fabricated components. These machines may be presses, robots, welders, cutters or machine tools. The mechanical engineer assures that the machine is properly designed so that it is able to operate efficiently for long periods of time. Mechanical engineers will also set the machine maintenance procedures and assist in the design of any computer-aided functions of the machine. Proper alignment, structural integrity and smooth movement is critical to the operation of these machines.

Mechanical automation leads the way to the recovery of manufacturing in the US. With a lack of skilled workers in the manufacturing field, there has become a need for mechanical engineers to automate the manufacturing lines in many industries.

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