Mechanical Engineer

What does a Mechanical Engineer do?

Mechanical engineers design machines to help solve today’s problems.  Mechanical engineers use many types of tools, engines, and machines. Examples include the following:

  • Power-producing machines such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines
  • Power-using machines, such as refrigeration and air-conditioning
  • Industrial production equipment, including robots used in manufacturing
  • Other machines inside buildings, such as elevators and escalators

To become a registered Mechanical Engineer, you need a college degree.  North Dakota has two great universities that have Mechanical Engineering programs.  It is important that university engineering programs be accredited by an organization called ABET www.abet.org.   The good news is, North Dakota has mechanical engineering programs that are accredited by ABET.  For more information, visit:

There are some fun free games online that use the concepts behind mechanical engineering.  You need Flash Player for these games.  Check them out!

Other games that include concepts of Mechanical Engineering that you can buy are Kerbal Space Program, Factorio, and The Incredible Machine.

If you are looking for something to do other than being on the computer, try these activities:  https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project-ideas/mechanical-engineering?d=1,2,3.

If you want to work as a Mechanical Engineer, you might be designing artificial limbs, race cars, production lines, robots, or even satellites for space!  Visit https://collegegrad.com/careers/mechanical-engineers for more information.

Go to http://www.egfi-k12.org/#/cards/mechanical or https://www.asme.org/topics for more information about mechanical engineering. 


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