Program description:

Mechanical engineers apply physical principles in the creation of useful devices, objects, and machines. They design and develop everything that you may think of as a machine: from supersonic jets, to automobiles, to bicycles to toasters. The designs are analyzed using mathematics and physical principles of motion, energy, and force to ensure that the product functions reliably. In many cases the analyses are performed using impressive and exciting state-of-the-art computer aided design (CAD) software. Mechanical engineers also strive to create designs that can be manufactured at a competitive cost. Maintenance of the product after design and fabrication is also of concern to mechanical engineers. Practically every product or service in modern life has been touched in some way by a mechanical engineer. This makes mechanical engineering one of the oldest, one of the broadest, and one of the most exciting engineering disciplines.