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Mechanical Eng.

Mechanical Engineering Career Guidance

Kivumbi Bernard
BSc. Mech. Eng. (MAK), MSc. Mech. Eng. (Renewable Energy)(KTH)
HoD & Lecturer; Department of mechanical engineering
Ndejje University

Betty Nabuuma
Lecturer; Department of mechanical engineering
College of engineering design art and technology

Engineering

Engineering (from Latin ingenium, meaning "cleverness" and ingeniare, meaning "to contrive, devise") is the application of scientific, economic, social, and practical knowledge in order to invent, design, build, maintain, research, and improve structures, machines, devices, systems, materials and processes.

Mechanical engineering applies the principles of engineering, physics and materials science for analysis, design, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems. The engineering field requires an understanding of core concepts including mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, materials science, structural analysis, and electricity.

Mechanical engineers use these core principles along with tools like computer-aided engineering, and product lifecycle management to design and analyze manufacturing plants, industrial equipment and machinery, heating and cooling systems, transport systems, aircraft, watercraft, robotics, medical devices, weapons, and others.

Mechanical engineer’s roles

  • Problem analysis
  • Design of machine elements and systems
  • Development of prototypes and scaling
  • Design of manufacturing processes
  • System installation
  • Testing devices and systems
  • Performance monitoring
  • Systems modification
  • Quality assurance

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