The Mechanical branch of Engineering relates to a wide range of subjects. It involves the knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry, mechanics, computing, automation, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, polymer technology, electrical, project management and environmental concerns etc. There is a visible shrinking of global resources today. The mechanical engineers design and provide solutions for a variety of problems. The global economic growth is creating new problems. The land, the forests, the air, the water, the minerals, the carbon fuels, and all the things that were once in abundance are depleting. This is going to be the job of the mechanical engineers to provide proper solutions to these global concerns because most of the solutions lie within the gamut of mechanical analysis, design and production. This requires multi-disciplinary skills.
A Mechanical Engineer can make efficient use of his subjects by following a planned regime divided into three parts.
A. Pre placement period: This is the period in which a person has not joined any gainful employment. It is wise to create a regime of constructive engagement in this period. In fact it should be used properly even when the studies are in full swing. The focus needs to be put on improvement of communication skills, learning a language other than the first language, picking up small projects to hone the learnt skills and joining an apprentice employment programme if possible. This is the time when one should also try to engage in short term courses like CAD/CAM etc. There are scores of such courses being provided by government as well as private institutions. Those should be actively pursued.
This is the time to improve soft skills and join personality development programmes in order to later become a contributing member of a team when team projects will be available. The skills consist of readiness to listen to others, patience, learning to research and do slog work cheerfully. These skills need to be pursued actively because these are hardly on the top list of priorities when course work keeps people fully engaged in college.
An important decision before joining a job is to decide whether to study further or not i.e. from B.E./B.Tech to M.Tech or Research etc. Further study seems to become less attractive than getting a job. It happens because most of the people tend to become satisfied with what they get offered just after a degree. But once in, they cannot or have no desire to withdraw. Therefore, those who can resist should try to go for further study and higher training programme. There are new technologies in the market every day and a good M.E. must keep abreast with the new developments
B. Post-Graduation regime: Once placed in a job, a person needs to have a more focused approach to improve efficiency in the field of employment. This involves Constant contact with new development. Up gradation of acquired knowledge, Improvement of known subject skills by short training programmes, attending relevant seminars, group discussions etc.
C. If someone has entrepreneurial aptitude it will be good to start an enterprise related to the subject areas itself.