As human beings are evolving into a very technologically advanced being, the fields of Engineering are getting more and more specialized. The most popular choice however remains the fields of Electrical and Mechanical engineering. The students who wish to pursue their career in either of these fields however, remain confused as to which fields to choose solely because they do not have the required knowledge to make such an important decision. As a result, many students end up taking the wrong decision and by the time they realize it, it is too late and their future becomes dark.
In this report, this question has been discussed at length. A through research has been undertaken to find out just what exactly the two fields require from a person, and crucially, how the two differ in terms of coursework and future career opportunities.
This section covers the two fields from three different perspectives. Firstly how these two fields differ and what they focus on will be discussed. Then in terms of education and knowledge required of the field will be discussed. Lastly both fields will be analyzed to find the future career opportunities.
As the term suggests, the mechanical engineering program focuses highly in mechanics and motion of objects. It applies the principles of Physics in a very constructive way to bring about new equipment and technology to help make our lives easier. (Johnson & Sherwi, 1996)
1) Academic Focus
Mechanical Engineering involves the analysis of design, manufacture, and the maintenance of all types of mechanical systems. These can be automobiles, aircraft, and miscellaneous systems, manufacturing plants, industrial equipment and machinery. (Johnson & Sherwi, 1996)
Being such a wide and very broad field, a student is required to study all sorts of courses relating to all types of scientific phenomenon. The general courses that students have to take up are the following: (Johnson & Sherwi, 1996)
Strength of materials and Solid mechanics
Instrumentation and measurement
Hydraulics and pneumatics
Mechatronics and the control theory
3) Future Career Opportunities
The courses specified above mean that the student will be required to study all the basic and advanced concepts of how things basically work. It will be required of them to know and research how one thing leads to another and how the chain of processes goes on to make one single process work and create a basis for the next consecutive process. Not only will the students only be required to research from books, thesis, journal articles and the internet, they will also be provided the first hand opportunity of actually working on real projects with big companies. This will be a part of the courses and all successful application of theory will be judged here. Students with a passion of machines and interest of working in a very outdoor and active environment will be well