Mechanical Engineering | Definition, Subjects and Subdisciplines

By | August 12, 2018

What is Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering is a branch of engineering that deals with the design and manufacture of physical systems.

Some examples of mechanical systems are

  • Energy systems
  • Aerospace/aircraft products
  • Weapon systems
  • Transportation products
  • Engines
  • Compressors
  • Power trains
  • Kinematic chains
  • Vacuum technology
  • Vibration isolation equipment
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechatronics

If you are interested on knowing more about engineering. Here is the detailed article which will help you what is engineering and what are its various disciplines. You can read that article by clicking the link given below.

Engineering | Definition, Branches [Difference with Science]

Before dwelling into this article, I recommend you to read above mentioned article. In this article I will directly use the things discussed in that article.

Mechanical engineering is one of the four parent branches of engineering. These branches are Civil, Electrical, Chemical and Mechanical Engineering.

There are various subdisciplines of Mechanical Engineering. These are

  • Acoustical engineering
  • Manufacturing engineering
  • Optomechanical engineering
  • Thermal engineering
  • Sports engineering
  • Vehicle engineering
  • Power plant engineering
  • Energy engineering

Mechanical Engineering degree course duration and design

The degree course of mechanical engineering is required to be completed in four years. Each year consists of two semesters. In each year you have to study certain number of subjects and qualify them. After successful completion of all the eight semesters a student is awarded with bachelor degree in mechanical engineering.

Semester wise subjects of Mechanical Engineering

First and second semesters are same for all engineering students irrespective of their branches. In these semesters basics of all the engineering branches are taught so that if in case a student wanted to change his engineering branch, he/she can change it in second year.

First semester

  1. Fundamentals of computer programing
  2. Basic electrical engineering
  3. Basic technical education
  4. Mathematics part-1
  5. Engineering Physics

Second semester

  1. Engineering chemistry
  2. Fundamentals of electronics engineering
  3. Environmental studies
  4. Advanced technical communication
  5. Mathematics part-2
  6. Mechanical engineering (as a basic subject)

Third semester

  1. Fluid mechanics
  2. Engineering economics
  3. Mathematics part-3
  4. Material science
  5. Engineering thermodynamics
  6. Solid mechanics

Fourth semester

  1. Control systems
  2. Kinematics of machines
  3. Manufacturing science-1
  4. Applied thermodynamics
  5. Industrial engineering

Fifth semester

  1. Concepts of programing and OOPs
  2. Mechanical vibrations
  3. Machine design-1
  4. Dynamics of machines
  5. Manufacturing science-2
  6. Heat and mass transfer

Sixth semester

  1. Principals of management
  2. Operations research
  3. Internal combustion engines
  4. Machine design-2
  5. Fluid machinery
  6. Refrigeration and air conditioning

Seventh semester

  1. CAD/CAM
  2. Maintenance and safety
  3. Energy conservation
  4. Non-conventional energy resources
  5. Human values

Eighth semester

  1. Finite element analysis
  2. Unconventional manufacturing process
  3. Power plant engineering
  4. Automobile engineering

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