Mechanical engineering is the branch of engineering traditionally associated with the design of mechanical systems, covering diverse fields such as materials science, manufacturing systems, hydraulic systems, and automotive systems. In the US, mechanical engineers have generally completed a four year university program, and many have a master's or doctoral degree, particularly those involved in research. A typical undergraduate course of study would include instruction in:
- classical mechanics,
- controls systems,
- numerical methods and computer programming,
- fluid mechanics,
- heat transfer,
- and design theory.
Because many systems that were once purely mechanical now have a computerized control component (e.g. anti-lock brake systems) mechanical engineering education overlaps some with other fields such as electrical engineering.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers - The professional society for mechanical engineering.