Department of Mechanical Engineering

Why study Mechanical Engineering?

There are many answers to this question, but the most common is that mechanical engineering is the most general form of engineering that you can do, so upon graduating, your choice of career is virtually unlimited.

If you are intrigued by how things work, fascinated by robots and automobile engines, then mechanical engineering may be the profession for you. Since mechanical engineering is involved in almost every design imaginable, one finds mechanical engineers associated with almost any field of interest.

Mechanical engineering is the innovative application of science and technology to the design, production and operation of mechanical devices, machinery and systems. Mechanical engineers excel at designing things, especially complex items like racing yachts, robots, sawmills and aeroplanes. They also design industrial machinery and processes, which make other things, such as paper mills or car assembly plants. Mechanical engineering also involves the efficient use of energy in processes such as a heating system for a hospital or a refrigeration plant for food exports.

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