Mechanical engineering is a professional programme which helps students to understand the working mechanisms of heavy tools and machineries. The branch applies principles of engineering, physics and material science for the design, analysis, manufacturing and maintenance of mechanical systems. The course covers technical areas like distribution of electricity through generators, transformers, transmission lines, lighting and wiring in buildings.

A course in mechanical engineering makes a student gain knowledge and experience in the designing of electric motors, automobiles, aircrafts, plant machinery, hydro power plant equipment, other heavy vehicles and many more. Mechanical engineering demands knowledge about software used in technical work like computer-aided design (CAD) and mathematical modelling. The scope of mechanical engineering is limitless.

Scope of Mechanical Engineering in India and Abroad

  • Mechanical Engineering covers aspects like design and testing among others. The job demands supervision and planning of live projects related to thermal power plants, nuclear stations, generation of electricity, etc.
  • There are employment opportunities for diploma holders who have practical knowledge of working on fields like testing of machinery etc.
  • The emerging fields in this area include renewable energy, automobiles, quality control, Industrial Automation, Mechanobiology. These are going to increase manpower in the work profile of mechanical engineering and would offer employment opportunities.
  • With the new world order (Post-Pandemic era), There is going to be a rise in need of core branches of engineering as such mechanical, civil and electrical engineering. It is physically not possible that all the jobs will be IT oriented.
  • The current inclination of students towards ML and AI is just momentarily. When these fields get their sufficient quantity of graduates and experts, they too are going to get saturated. But mechanical engineering didn’t have its tag of “EVERGREEN” for nothing. 

Eligibility Criteria (UG & PG) of Mechanical Engineering

  • For UG: Should have passed Class XII in Science stream with minimum 50% marks or equivalent CGPA.
  • For PG: Minimum CPI of 6.5 or 60% of marks or First Class in the qualifying degree. Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and Technology.

What can I do with a mechanical engineering degree?

Mechanical engineering deals with the design, development, installation, operation and maintenance of anything that has moving parts. Because of this, you’ll find relevant opportunities in a range of sectors, including:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Medicine
  • Railway engineering
  • Sport.

And the list goes on and on.

Is it sufficient to have just a degree?

Unfortunately no. This could have been true if you were living in the 80’s. At that time just having a degree with you landed you a very high paying job. Mechanical, Civil and Electrical engineering streams (The core) were the pioneer stream of those times. And hence we have vocational training in between our academic session but that too doesn’t suffice. You need to do some advanced courses, participate in webinars, attend workshops and just make yourself separate from the crowd.

Almost 1.5 million engineers pass out every year in India. Suppose mechanical engineers be 1/6 assuming equal distribution of students among 6 main branches of engineering the total number would be around 2,66,666. This is count of pass out engineers. So yes competition is high and jobs are getting less and less day in and day out. And this is happening in all the streams. We are not stopping to grow. The population explosion is still happening but earth remains the same. Space getting shorter and shorter but people are growing more and more. So to summarize this, “Merely having a degree will not guarantee you a job in mechanical engineering stream”

Is it safe to do mechanical engineering post-pandemic?

Well nothing is safe in the current scenario but hopefully things will get normal pretty soon. And at that time you will realize that all your classmates are running towards stream which can give them comfort of indoors. A so called white collar job they say. But if everybody is running towards back that then who is going to lead from the front?.

So the answer is Yes! Yes and a hundred times Yes!. Go for it. You will not regret a single instance.

What additional skillset I require to land a job?

And this is the most prominent question you can ask yourself. And the answer to the same is very short – Industrial automation, 3D design and modelling, CNC, Plant management, and Analysis. These are the skills that can 100% land you the job you desire.

The best thing is, We the mechanical engineering stream students/graduates have an overwhelming appetite to learn. We can learn almost anything. One of my college mate (A mechanical engineering graduate) is today coding for GOOGLE and another one is an AWS expert. So sky is not he limit for us.

From where can I develop my skills online?

There are many online learning platforms available. But my personal favourite is Simpliv

Infact I also supposed to have some online courses (academic and design) there. You can check them out here.

COVID 19 – The virus that left the world standstill.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). It was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, and since spread globally, resulting in an on-going pandemic. Common symptoms include fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, and loss of smell and taste. The virus is primarily spread between people during close contact, most often via small droplets produced by coughing, sneezing, and talking. The droplets usually fall to the ground or onto surfaces rather than traveling through air over long distances. Less commonly, people may become infected by touching a contaminated surface and then touching their face. However WHO has recently announced that there is a possibility that the virus can get airborne.

Mechanical Project ideas to battle COVID 19

In this article, we will discuss some projects, products related to COVID 19. With this post, Mechanical students will get some ideas, topics for their final year project presentation as well.

1. Foot Operated simple Sand sanitizer Stand

To avoid contact /touch with sanitizer bottle foot operated stand is used. This stand can be fabricated using simple tubes and sheet metal brackets and holders.

2. Touch less hand washing and sanitization

This concept is similar to a foot-operated sanitizing machine. additionally, hand washing can be also possible to make touchless with help of a foot-operated mechanism. The above shown picture is under “Atmanirbhar” initiative by https://3dexter.com/ . They have used 3D printing for the same.

3. Machine for home sanitization

With the increasing case of COVID 19 in our country, there is a need to implement self sanitization at our home and workplace. This is where integration of mechanical and electrical engineering comes into play. The above shown picture depicts an “Arduino” based sanitization system.

“There are many ways in which you can also come into terms with creating new mechanical equipment to fight this pandemic. But for that you have to put your ideas into realistic presentation like a 3D model for first”

There are many courses available on Simpliv which can help you to accomplish this feat. Start by learning basic 3D modelling software like Fusion 360, Catia, Solidworks etc. And see your ideas come into life.

I am going to conclude here with a very famous quote that I have heard during my college days long back in 2008.

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

Best of Luck !!

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