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13 Sep 2022

5 ESSENTIAL SKILL SETS FOR A MECHANICAL ENGINEER

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Mechanical engineering is one of those branches that first comes to mind when you hear the term engineering. Its applications are diverse and include automobile, manufacturing, design and energy conservation. 

It is no wonder that the field attracts some of the best minds in the country. Since the applications are so diverse, you may expect that they require a different set of skills. 

The notion may be true to an extent, but broadly speaking, there are a few essential skills that remain constant across all the applications and branches of mechanical engineering. Wondering what they are? Read on to find out.

 

1. Strong Understanding of Theoretical Concepts 

 

 

In-depth knowledge of theoretical concepts is the most valuable skill that any mechanical engineer should possess. Theoretical concepts form the foundation of every practical application. The foundation needs to be strong if you want to build a career on it. 

However, there are more than 40 theoretical subjects in the B.Tech Mechanical Engineering program. Do you have to know all of them in and out? Of course not! That would be an unreasonable expectation. All 40 courses are not entirely independent. You can group them according to their application. 

For example, engineering graphics, machine design, and the kinematics of machines are a few of the areas that you should concentrate on if you want to enter the design domain. If you're eyeing the field of structure analysis, then areas like finite element analysis, the strength of materials, and solid mechanics require your utmost attention. 

After your first three or four semesters, you would get an idea about the areas that attract you and where you would like to build a career. Concentrate more on subjects pertaining to this area and master the concepts.

 

2. Knowledge of Tools

 

 

A sculptor may know how to create a statue, but that knowledge is of no use without the proper tools. Similarly, a mechanical engineer needs to be aware of the tools that can help in applying theoretical knowledge to real-world problems. Just as it was with theoretical knowledge, you only need to know the tools pertaining to your area of interest. 

Today, there is a tool for almost every kind of problem. You need to find the one most suitable for you and master it. If there is more than one software tool in your area of interest, then you need to have a basic knowledge of the most used ones and thorough knowledge of at least one.  

When we talk about thorough knowledge, you need to know the workings of the tool. You may have been using it to solve one problem, but what if the conditions of the problem change? What do you need to change in the tool to make it work for the new situation? You should be able to answer these questions to say you have complete knowledge of the software tool.

 

3. Logical Thinking and Problem Solving With Basic Maths and Physics

 

 

Maths and physics are the foundation of mechanical engineering. If you aren't clear with these, then you are going to have a tough time navigating the coursework and the real-world problems. 

Almost every problem you encounter, be it thermodynamics, structural engineering, design, or combustion systems, relies on the principles of physics and maths.  

Being clear with your fundamentals in these areas will help you once you move away from the college coursework and step into the real world too. Every time you encounter a new problem, the knowledge of these fundamentals, theoretical concepts, and software tools will help you find a solution. 

In addition to this, you need to develop logical thinking skills. You have to approach every problem by first understanding the end goal. Then note down the information you have and the constraints that are placed on you. Now, use your knowledge to find a solution. 

Every problem, irrespective of its complexity, can be solved with this approach. The more problems you solve, the better you get at finding the solution.

 

4. Coding Skills

 

 

Today, everything hinges on software. Coding skills have become essential to engineers from all streams. It is no longer limited to just computer science and IT graduates. Mechanical engineers also need to get onto the coding bandwagon. 

Mechanical engineers don't need to be proficient in multiple programming languages. You won't generally be needed to write complex codes. However, you will have to create models and work with various software tools. These tools require a minimum amount of coding. A basic understanding of programming and logic will guide you in learning new tools and in making maximum utilization of the existing ones. Coding skills also come in handy when you are looking to change firms or trying for a promotion. In the technology-driven era, employers are looking for people with coding skills. 

 

5. Soft Skills

 

 

Mechanical engineers need to collaborate with various other teams to get the job done. These teams consist of people from all walks of life. 

When you develop a product, you need to convey your design and the product specifications to the client and investors. They may not possess the technical knowledge to understand engineering jargon. Therefore, it is up to you to communicate your design in a layman's language.

Similarly, while manufacturing the product, you have to communicate the expectations clearly with those on the factory floor.

Make a Bright Future With the Right Skills

Mechanical engineering is an exciting field that has made its presence felt in all industry verticals. Mechanical engineers have a variety of employment prospects, provided they have the necessary skills.

The five skills mentioned above are the top ones that every mechanical engineer must possess. Whether you are a fresher looking for a job or an experienced professional who wants to move up the ladder in the workplace, these skills will help you achieve your goal. 

If you're looking for skills that set you apart from your competitors, visit our course page.

Our industry-relevant engineering courses prepare you for the job market and give you the most efficient results.

You can watch our Co-Founder, Surya on Youtube talking about the 5 All-Important Skill Sets That Every Mechanical Engineer Should Develop.

 


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