What Is Mechanical Engineering?

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Mechanical engineering is the branch of engineering that deals with design, construction and use of machines. Mechanical engineering can be used to build small individual parts or giant systems.

Mechanical engineering is one of the most diverse engineering disciplines in existence. It is used everywhere from the automotive industry to biotechnology. Mechanical engineering deals with anything and everything that moves.

Mechanical engineering first emerged during the industrial revolution in Europe. It developed during the 18th century and is a branch of the study of physics. Today, mechanical engineering is grouped together with areas such as manufacturing engineering, automotive engineering and aerospace engineering. Nanotechnology is the smallest scale in which mechanical engineering takes place.

Mechanical engineers must have a strong mathematics and scientific education; to be employed in this field, a minimum of a bachelor's degree is required. The engineers have to be able to problem solve and use creative thinking in engineering and its related fields. They strive to make cheaper, more efficient mechanical systems. Students need to take classes in civil, electrical and chemical engineering before choosing a specialty. As of 2008, the average salary for a mechanical engineer was $78,200, and the more education a person has, the higher his or her salary is raised.