To Be A Mechanical Engineer

A Mechanical Engineer (526 Words)Mechanical engineering is an interdisciplinary field of engineering that is responsible for the design, production, and incorporation/use of mechanical systems. A mechanical engineer’s process could be described as follows: They are presented with a design problem. They must work with a cross-functional team to design a solution. The mechanical engineer then must build a prototype and test it for flaws until they are negligible or nonexistent. After all of this, they must then find somebody to manufacture his/her idea and market it. Mechanical engineers are, simply put, responsible for many of the technologies we have today; everything from medical equipment to computers to automobiles to power generation and so on.
A very obvious application of mechanical engineering is that of automotive innovation. Personal automobiles and other transportation vehicles have come a long way in technological advancement in the safety, efficiency, and power output aspects. Mechanical engineers are majorly responsible for the invention of cars, trucks, trains, boats, and airplanes, all of which have significantly allowed for easier access to remote locations, more convenient and efficient transportation of goods, and increased productivity. Arguably the greatest human achievement, accomplished with the help of mechanical engineers, was the Apollo 11 spacecraft which realized the goal of landing the first humans on the Moon on July 20, 1969. Mechanical engineers contributed by helping design a thrust system, the rocket Saturn V, powerful enough (7.5 million pounds of force) to launch Apollo 11 into space and the lunar landing module capable of maintaining adequate pressure and temperatures for the astronauts as well as sufficient protection from outside radiation. A much less famous yet still extreme case of mechanical ingenuity is the Thrust supersonic car (ThrustSSC), a jet propelled, 10.5 vehicle that managed to produce a thrust of 50,000…