About Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Engineers are curious about how things work, and hungry to make them work better. They are innovators at heart. They have an interest in design. They enjoy solving complex problems and they are good at working in teams.
As a graduate with a degree in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering, you can look forward to a challenging, rewarding, and highly-paid career making the world better.
Industrial engineers find best-fit solutions between people, machines, materials, and information technology. The traditional term “industrial” is somewhat misleading: manufacturing is only one area in which Industrial Engineers make a difference: they are equally active in fields ranging from health care management to the finance industry, service productivity, and management at all levels of business. Their goals are to make things better, safer, more efficient, and more economical.
Industrial engineering involves a combination of engineering, design, and project management skills, and may draw upon such specialized knowledge as human factors, mathematics, physics, and disciplines in the social sciences, coupled with the principles and methods of engineering analysis.
If it moves, a mechanical engineer was almost certainly involved in its development – from staplers to pipelines, from home furnaces to artificial hearts, from bank vault locks to soap dispensers. MEs apply the science of physics to provide functionality; they use science to design, optimize, manufacture, and test products that do things for people – in the home, on the road, in factories; anywhere that human beings are using tools or appliances an engineer was involved.
Engineers must have a solid understanding mathematics and physics, and become conversant in fields such as design, mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and energy theory.