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Gadomski School ofEngineering

What is Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical engineering is the broadest engineering discipline with applications in nearly every industry that involves product development, process control, energy generation/consumption, etc. Mechanical engineers use the principles of force, energy and motion, apply their knowledge of design, manufacturing, and operational processes to advance the world around us. Their approach to research often begins with the same questions – “How does this work? Why?” and “How can I make it better?”

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.