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Transcript of Mechanical Engineering
Why I'm Interested
The high school courses required to enter most engineering programs are as follows:
English language arts 30 –1
Math 30 – 1 (Pure Math)
Math 31 (Calculus)
The "Backbone" of Mechanical Engineering
The following math concepts are frequently used by mechanical engineers
Right Angle Trigonometry
Right angle trigonometry, or trigonometry in general, is a concept used by mechanical engineers to determine dimensions
Mechanical engineers don't just build machines
... they don't just sit in front of a desk
I plan to take my first year of engineering at Grant MacEwan University because they offer an engineering program that allows you to transfer to the University of Alberta for the remaining three years. This is beneficial because Grant MacEwan has smaller classes and is less competitive than the University of Alberta, so it will be easier to adjust to from highschool.
The Pythagorean theorem is related to trigonometry and it is also used to determine dimensions.
... they don't just draft and design
... they don't just oversee
What do they do then?
I'm glad you asked...
Mechanical engineers use both science and mathematics to research and develop or design devices, machines,materials, systems, and processes. They may also evaluate and or improve existing machines and equipment. Mechanical engineers also oversee the development of projects and ensure existing projects remain operational.So, if you enjoy mathematics, science,and variety like me, you should consider becoming a mechanical engineer.
You can tell people cheesy jokes that they won't understand !
I am interested in mechanical engineering ,because it overlaps with various other engineering disciplines(such as civil engineering, aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, petroleum engineering, and even biomedical engineering) and Mechanical engineering is required in many diverse fields of work, so the career possibilities are virtually endless.
Mechanical engineers use many formulas extensively to calculate the forces acting on their machines and equipment to ensure they operate in a safe and efficient manner.
Tim Watson - "No math no machines"
As stated by my father,who happens to be a mechanical engineer, without mathematics you cannot become a mechanical engineer. Mathematics is fundamental to mechanical engineering, or any engineering for that matter. Mathematics, especially algebra, is an integral part of a mechanical engineer's education because it will be used on a daily basis in the workplace. Mathematics is very useful because it can be used to model virtually any situation. Modeling scenarios with algebra ,a concept known as Algebraic Representation, is a skill frequently used by mechanical engineers.
Tim Watson - " We use Algebraic Representation all the time".
Robots have endless applications some of which have yet to be discovered. Robots can reach places that humans can't safely reach, and they are beginning to play a larger role in our society.
Aerospace engineering is another discipline of engineering, that is centered around the design and testing of aircraft, but it shares similarities with mechanical engineering; therefore it is another career possibility for someone with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Nanotechnology is engineering at the atomic/molecular level. More specifically it is the manipulation of matter at the atomic/molecular level. It has many applications including: electronics, medicine,and even the production of energy.
A degree in mechanical engineering opens up many doorways when it comes to careers.These are just a few examples...
In latin the word engineer stems from ingeniare(contrive/devise) and ingenium(cleverness).