Mechanical engineering or M.E, is one of the most demanding and challenging branches of the engineering course. It deals with the creation and development of the mechanical systems required to run every kind of machine. The course concentrates on the knowledge of design, production and operations of machines and their parts. M.E deals with the creation of a fan to a jet plane, from a needle to automotive engines and parts.
Most of the Masters in Mechanical Engineering courses begin with introductory courses in advanced science and mathematics. Subjects like engineering materials, system design, optimization, management and manufacturing engineering are gradually introduced in the later stages of the programs. These courses also help in honing analytical and problem-solving skills of the students, which enable them to take up financial and management positions along with the core technical jobs.
M.E uses objectives of material theory and physics and combines knowledge of mathematics, technology, business, and management. Important sub-disciplines of mechanical engineering are mechanics, mechatronics, and thermodynamics. A Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering deals with the most profound knowledge about machine designing, producing and operating. It caters to two program choices for the graduates:
(i) Thesis Program
Generally, this program is preferred by the students who want to learn detailed aspects of a particular field in mechanical engineering. This is a research-based study course which one has to complete usually for 3-9 credit hours. A professor is usually assigned to the students. Under their guidance, the students do research work. While pursuing their research study, the students can also work as a Teaching Assistant (TA) or a Research Assistant (RA) to gain funding. After Masters, he/she can have the option to go for a Ph.D. or any other doctoral program or simply secure a job.
(ii) Non-Thesis Program
It is the more preferred program of the two by the aspirants. In this program, the student usually opts for courses only or upto 3 credits of research work. After completing the course, one can directly get hired into a mechanical or a related industry. But it makes it a little difficult for aspirants who want to study further or want to pursue a doctoral or Ph.D. program, though not impossible. This program gives an opportunity to students to specialize in one or more areas of mechanical engineering by opting for more courses in this area. Some of the common specializations are as follows:
Fluid and Thermal Sciences, MS
This area has both fundamental and applied studies in energy conversion, heat and mass transport, and bioengineering.
Mechanical and Manufacturing Technology, MS
Subjects like computer integrated manufacturing, robotics, CAD/CAM/CAE, combustion process, instrumentation, mobile robotics etc. may be included in this course.
Automotive Engineering, MS
A masters degree in Automotive Engineering is designed to equip the students with key skills in mechanical and automobile engineering. It covers both technical and design aspects of the motor industry.
Computational Mechanics and Scientific Computing, MS
Computational mechanics encompasses the development and use of computational methods for studying problems governed by the laws of mechanics.
Mechatronic Engineering, MS
This course is a blend of mechanical, electrical and software engineering to harness computer controls in areas such as robotics, vehicles and CNC machines.
How to get in Masters in M.E?
To get into a master’s program you have to qualify the GRE exam (Graduate Record Examination) . It is a gateway to all the Masters programs at postgraduate and doctoral levels. It is a test conducted and regulated by ETS. The test is conducted all year round. Hence, there is no hustle-bustle for meeting a deadlines criterion. There is no prerequisite for GRE but to procure Master’s in M.E one has to have a bachelor’s degree in M.E.
According to PayScale, the average salaries of a MS in mechanical engineering graduate in India and US are INR 10 lakhs and USD 82k respectively. Top companies that hire these graduates are The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corp, General Electric Co. and Northrop Grumman Corporation. A masters in mechanical engineering can help you to get a job in the following areas:
1. Chemical Industry
Chemical and oil companies require mechanical engineers to design new plants that can help in increasing the efficiency and lead to cost reduction.
2. Aerospace Industry
Aerospace engineers are responsible for designing and manufacturing aircrafts that are more fuel efficient, safer and faster than the current generation of aircrafts.
3. Defence Sector
In defence sector, the mechanical engineers are responsible for designing, constructing and repairing the military vehicles and equipment.
4. Automobile Industry
The automobile engineers are involved in various process related to the research and development, design and production of the vehicles. Read article on PhD in Automotive Engineering.
5. Construction Sector
With an ever increasing demand for new infrastructure, there is huge demand for mechanical engineers who can manage projects on construction sites, select materials and supervise the implementation of new mechanisms.
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