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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering is the profession which deals with the design, development, testing, manufacturing, and maintenance of machines, systems, devices, and components for the betterment of society. Mechanical engineers may deal with hardware as small as a microchip or as large as an aircraft carrier. They may work from the bottom of the ocean up to the weightless environment of interplanetary space. Of all the engineering disciplines, mechanical engineering is the most diversified and offers the largest selection of career paths. If you can see it or touch it, a mechanical engineer probably helped to create it. Mechanical engineers are involved with such areas as:

Aerospace engineering

Automatic control systems

Chemicals, oil, and gas

Computer aided design and manufacturing

Energy conversion, utilization, and storage

Engineering materials

Environmental engineering

Machine design

Manufacturing processes



Stress analysis

Thermal systems

Tech Placement Statistics

Manufacturing, Tooling, Distribution (23%)
Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Plastics (19%)
Consulting, Engineering Services (10%)
Wood Products (10%)
Aerospace, NASA (7%)
Military, Defense (5%)
Utilities (4%)
Electronics/Computer (3%)
Graduate School (3%)
Construction (2%)
Education, Research (2%)
Health Care, Biotechnology, Environmental (2%)
Automotive, Transportation (1%)
Other (11%)

For more information

Dr. Henry Cardenas, Mechanical Engineering Program Chair
(318) 257-4600, cardenas@latech.edu
Or Write To:
Mechanical Engineering Program, Louisiana Tech University
P.O. Box 10348, Ruston, LA 71272