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Life After CBU

Mechanical engineering is a multi-faceted engineering discipline whose members work in almost every field of technology, from aerospace and automotive to computers and biotechnology. Mechanical engineers 
research, design, develop, and test:

  • Machines of every size, from molecular machines to particle colliders (the world’s largest!);
  • Machines that manufacture all kinds of products (including other machines);
  • Every type of internal and external combustion engine;
  • Vehicles that transport people and products through the air, on land, and on and under the sea;
  • Power plants, including fossil-fuel, nuclear, solar, wind and hydroelectric;
  • Military equipment, from jet fighters to aircraft carriers to combat gear;
  • Medical devices that enhance our health care, from scalpel blades to surgical implants to monitoring and measuring devices;
  • And almost everything else you used this week at work, home and school.

Why Study Mechanical Engineering?

The practical problem solving skills and applied scientific knowledge learned while earning a mechanical engineering degree will prepare you for engineering, business, law, or medical graduate school.

  • Engineering majors tend to have more responsibility in their initial positions than many other majors.
  • If their interests or the job market change over the years, mechanical engineers can easily transition from one industry to another.

Careers in Mechanical Engineering


There are many industry sectors that require mechanical engineers. These include, but are not limited to:

  • HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) – design HVAC systems for better working/living environments.
  • Aerospace Industry – space vehicle system/component design, manufacturing and performance evaluations. Areas include vehicle dynamics, structural engineering, material sciences, propulsion systems, energy conservation, etc.
  • Medical Industry – product development, analysis, manufacturing and testing of medical implants and fixtures to improve functionality.
  • Automotive Industry – engine design, performance analysis, testing; design and manufacture of vehicle components.
  • Defense Industry – missile/rocket design, guidance systems, flight dynamics, fighter jet components design, propulsion systems, etc.
  • Steel Industry – manufacturing steel/metal components for use in other applications such as armor plate used in military vehicles.
  • General Manufacturing Industry – developing state-of-the-art manufacturing processes, generating numerical control machining codes, and specifying proper floor layout and manufacturing processes; lean manufacturing to improve efficiency in product lines.
  • Other Related Industries – office products, computer manufacturing, etc.