Mechanical Engineering

As a mechanical engineer, you will be involved in the design, development, manufacture, and maintenance of mechanical products. And you would also assist in the installations and final commissioning of different projects on the site.

What a mechanical engineer do?

A mechanical engineer will be involved in different works and leadership roles which are related to mechanical systems including the design, development, testing and maintenance of mechanical machines and devices.

What does a typical day at work involve?

  • Checked Design or redesign cost-effective mechanical devices and implement the modified versions to help improve safety and reliability
  • Checked Create blueprints of devices with details of specifications and outline designs
  • Checked Develop a prototype of the device
  • Checked Test the prototype and analyze the test results
  • Checked Develop, coordinate, and monitor all aspects of production
  • Checked Oversee the manufacturing process
  • Checked Handle power-producing machines such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines
  • Checked Deal with power-using machines like refrigeration and air-conditioning, industrial production equipment including robots used in manufacturing and other machines inside buildings, such as elevators and escalators

What areas can a mechanical engineer specialise in?

Thermal and fluid engineering is a branch of mechanical engineering which comprises of four fields: Heat transfer, Thermodynamics, Fluid mechanics, and Combustion.,,
This branch of engineering deals with the modeling of circuit performances, symbolic analysis methods, numerical analysis methods, statistical design optimization, and physical design automation.
Computer integrated manufacturing method is the computer driven approach where the computer will control and direct the whole production processes.
Solid mechanics is a subset of mechanics that focuses on the deformation and motion of solid materials under various physical and internal conditions such as force, temperature changes and phase changes.
It is a subset of mechanical engineering which focuses on the industrial production of various products including automobiles, electronics and defence equipment

How to become a mechanical engineer?

Step 1
Take Science stream with Physics and Mathematics

Physics and Mathematics are compulsory subjects at the 10+2 level to be eligible for admission to an undergraduate course in Mechanical Engineering. Although you can take Chemistry/Biotechnology/Biology or a Technical Vocational subject as a compulsory third subject, it is advisable to take chemistry since it is an important component in the entrance examinations for engineering courses in India

Step 2
Take BTech/BE (Mechanical Engineering)

Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Technology is a four-year course offered by Universities and Institutes of Technology in India and abroad.

Note :

Some institutions allow lateral entry the into second year of BTech for diploma holders in Mechanical Engineering.

Step 3
Take MTech (Mechanical Engineering)

After graduation, you can take an M Tech / ME degree course in mechanical engineering, which is of 2 year duration. You can also take up the equivalent MS degree course offered by foreign universities and by select institutions in India.

Note :

Some institutions like the Indian Institutes of Technology offer an integrated dual degree combining B Tech and M Tech which is of 5 year duration.

Step 4
Take a PhD

After post graduation, you can take a PhD in Mechanical engineering specialisations which will enable you to take up research oriented career in the academia or the industry.

Note :

There are select institutions which offer integrated an MTech-PhD program.

Mechanical Engineering Colleges

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Requirements for masters in mechanical engineering

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

India( from NIT Tiruchirapalli for M Tech Thermal Power Engineering)

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering/technology (4 years after 10+2)
  • GATE score
  • Admission will be through CCMT (Centralized Counselling for M.Tech)

Foreign (from Imperial College London for MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering)

  • Four year Bachelor's degree with a final mark of 75% or CGPA 8.5+
  • Applicants graduating from Indian Institutes of Technology should have completed a four year bachelor's degree passed with CGPA 7+
  • English language proficiency :

    IELTS score 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in all elements)


    TOEFL (iBT) 92 overall (minimum 20 in all elements)

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Skills Required

Math Skills

Mechanical engineers need to be comfortable using math especially calculus and statistics in order to solve problems.

Problem Solving

A mechanical engineer should have the skill in finding solutions to the problems at hand using mechanical or thermal devices. A high level of technical and scientific knowledge and the ability to apply this knowledge to practical problems is a necessity.

Analytical Skills

Mechanical engineers need to be strong analytical thinkers to understand and analyse a problem.

Communication skills

A mechanical engineer should have good oral communication skills and confidence in dealing with a range of people including clients, contractors, designers, directors and plant operators.

Team Work

Engineers often work in groups to invent technologies and solve problems. They, therefore, need to have good interpersonal skills and should be able to work with a diverse team of people coming from different backgrounds.


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