To make mechanical engineering your chosen career path, you must have affinity for the way different machines function. This trait can be observed from early childhood when children try to tinker around with different machinery in their immediate vicinity. Such kids often tend to take apart mechanical toys, clocks, bicycles and then they try to assemble them back again. These children are so innovative that they may even try to make new things. Here, parents have a special role to play. They must understand that the child possesses an inquisitive mind that is interested in gaining knowledge about machinery and not in breaking or destroying things. Parents must encourage the child’s curiosity to know more about different gadgets and machines in and around the house. Mechanical engineering is considered the ‘Mother’ of all branches of engineering. In this context the roles and responsibilities held by a mechanical engineer are different and depend on their area of specialisation and the industry they are working for. In broad terms, the job profile of mechanical engineers can be classified into the following functional segments:
• Research and Development (R&D): Engineers whose role is to do research and then plan for new machines and their constituent parts.
• Thermal: Professionals who install and deal with power plants.
• Design: Professionals whose responsibility is to draft technical drawings, manually or with the aid of computers.
• Production: Engineers who supervise the manufacturing of mechanical components and machines.
• Analysis and testing: Engineers who analyse and test different types of machines and their parts to ensure that they function flawlessly.
• Installation: Professionals who install machines and mechanical parts at the client location.
• Maintenance: Engineers whose primary role is to ensure that machinery is working as per specifications.
Mechanical engineering is a diverse subject that derives its breadth from the need to design and manufacture everything from small individual parts and devices to large systems (e.g., spacecraft and machine tools). The role of a mechanical engineer is to take a product from an idea to the marketplace. In order to accomplish this, a broad range of skills are needed. Since these skills are required for virtually everything that is made, mechanical engineering is perhaps the broadest and most diverse of engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers play a central role in such industries as automotive (from the car chassis to its every subsystem—engine, transmission, sensors); aerospace (airplanes, aircraft engines, control systems for airplanes and spacecraft); biotechnology (implants, prosthetic devices, fluidic systems for pharmaceutical industries); computers and electronics (disk drives, printers, cooling systems, semiconductor tools); micro-electromechanical systems, or MEMS (sensors, actuators, micro-power generation); energy conversion (gas turbines, wind turbines, solar energy, fuel cells); environmental control (HVAC, air-conditioning, refrigeration, compressors); automation (robots, data and image acquisition, recognition, control); manufacturing (machining, machine tools, prototyping, micro-fabrication). The breadth of the mechanical engineering discipline allows students a variety of career options beyond some of the industries listed above. Regardless of the particular path they envision for themselves after they graduate, their education will have provided them with the creative thinking that allows them to design an exciting product or system, the analytical tools to achieve their design goals, the ability to overcome all constraints, and the teamwork needed to design, market, and produce a system. These valuable skills could also launch a career in medicine, law, consulting, management, banking, finance, and so on. For those interested in applied scientific and mathematical aspects of the discipline, graduate study in mechanical engineering can lead to a career of research and teaching.
Since mechanical engineering is the broadest of all engineering fields, the job prospects on offer for skilled mechanical engineers are aplenty and unending. Mechanical engineers are required to design, test, manufacture, install, operate and maintain a wide array of machines and mechanical systems that are used in countless industries. These professionals can find employment both in the government and private sector undertakings. Major industries that employ mechanical engineers include automobiles, space research, aeronautical, energy and utilities, air conditioning, bio-mechanical industry. Other major employers include giant manufacturing plants, air conditioning and refrigeration industry, turbine manufacturing plants, oil and gas exploration and refining industries and the agricultural sector. In the government sector, mechanical engineers can provide their knowledge to various government run projects in the role of technical experts and consultants. They can also work in private engineering companies that provide technical consultancy to both government and corporate firms. These engineers can also hold high managerial positions in government as well as private sector organisations according to their field of expertise and educational qualifications.
Mechanical engineering offers a wide variety of career opportunities to job aspirants. The average monthly salary of mechanical engineers who are new to this profession is approximately in the range between Rs.10,000 and Rs.25,000. Good campus placements can fetch even better packages for deserving students. Mechanical engineers who hold a post-graduate degree from a reputed academic institute tend to get better offers than diploma and degree holders. From here on the annual pay packet depends on a number of factors such as the skill set possessed, experience, expertise, the employer, nature of roles and responsibilities, etc. Highly skilled mechanical engineers can easily command pay packets as high as Rs 40-45 lakh per annum.
The job market for mechanical engineers is perennial. Even the vagaries of the global economic crisis could not knock out the demand for these professionals in the Indian job market. Although some branches of mechanical engineering went out of focus during the meltdown period, the overall situation was much better as compared with other careers. On the brighter side, things are getting back to normal and this evergreen career path is again gaining coin amongst career aspirants as it did during the pre-meltdown years. In fact, this is a period of resurgence for mechanical engineers. They not only have countless options in the industrial sector but they can also make foray into new realms of technology and even get into management and technical consultancy. According to a survey, mechanical engineering is amongst the most sought after branches of engineering preferred by students seeking admission to various technical institutes across India in the recent years.
Highly qualified professionals from this field, such as post-graduates, often seek suitable employment in foreign countries. It is not that only highly qualified mechanical engineers get opportunity to work abroad. If you are employed in a multinational company, you may also get the chance to work on offshore projects
India’s Biggest Karting Festival
The event is aimed at bringing out the innovative and creative potential of young automobile enthusiasts. Undergraduate students from different technical streams can participate in the event. The basic outline of event consists of designing and fabricating a go-kart and then competing with these go-karts in the final race. All the participating teams will have no bars for creativity and innovation with few restrictions mentioned in the Rule Book. The real essence of the event lies in the sheer engineering practical application and tests in real time.
The organization provides a platform to young enthusiasts, engineers and car lovers to showcase their talent at a grandeur stage. Racing is not just about speed but more about how you survive breakdowns and the best way to do so is by competing with the best. VM organizes motorsport events where you can learn and earn while having fun. The organization fosters innovation and provides students with an opportunity to be recognized at national level for Research and Development careers in automotive engineering. Now is the time to challenge your potential and experience the thrill by competing with the best minds of the nation. Design, innovate, learn and get ready to pull the throttle and win accolades across the country.
National kart Racing Championship started in September 2014.Participants build kart and compete with each other .First competition was held in January 2015 at RPM international Kart Racing Circuit.Participants arrived at the venue with their self –fabricated Go-Karts to prove their mettle and earn glory on the pages of NKRC.Prior to the final Endurance Round, teams had to pass the qualifying tests like the Technical Inspection, Brake Test and other point tallying events like Skid-pad and Autocross.
24 teams were ‘tested ok’ and were given the green flag for the final adrenaline rush.The main objective of the endurance race was to check their relative reliability and sustainability on longer runs.
The participants design and fabricate a kart following the strict guidelines of the NKRC rulebook and ensure that their vehicle outperforms every other kart in the event.
Our journey as a team in Season-3
Although it is a first experience of participating in any such events, still we
approached our design by considering all possible alternatives for a system &
modelled them in software like creo parametric 2.0 etc. and subjected to
analysis using ANSYS 15.0 FEA software. Based on analysis result, the model was
modified and retested and a final design was frozen. The design process of the
vehicle is iterative and is based on various engineering and reverse engineering
processes depending upon the availability, cost and other such factors. So the
design process focuses on following objectives: Safety, Serviceability,
Strength, Standardization and cost.
Below is the photo showing our journey,starting from the virtuals to the dynamic round.
QUAD TORC is an off road design challenge for engineering and Diploma undertaking students. Quad is a four wheeled bike, an ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) that was manufactured to use as a vehicle for transportation in strenuous terrains. The contest involves designing a Quad bike following some quoted rules and regulations. All the manufacturing process must be strictly undertaken by the students without any direct or indirect involvement of professional help. This contest has no PFR (Pre Final Round) and the teams can start manufacturing their bikes right from the day they get a message from ISNEE authenticating their registration. Registered teams will be manufacturing the vehicle and the required vehicle design reports and all the other reports that need to be submitted will be asked in due course of time before the FINAL ROUND. All the participating teams will be awarded points on the basis of their performance in the FINAL ROUND and their caliber portrayed through the various design reports.