Mechanical engineering is one of the few professions that are considered the most promising at this time of industrialization. A mechanical engineer is responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of instruments used in various industries.
Where does a mechanical engineer work?
From the power sector to gas well drilling, leather processing industries, rod-cement factories, and even water treatment plants, a mechanical engineer can work.
Mechanical engineers are primarily responsible for the design, assembly, implementation, and maintenance of turbines, alternators, and generators at large power plants. They also work on quality control and commissioning of aircraft engines, combustion engines, air conditioning machines and refrigerator manufacturing plants.
Mechanical engineers are employed in the maintenance of heavy equipment used for large printing presses, munitions factories, mints, gas and oil wells.
What kind of work does a mechanical engineer do?
Mechanical engineers in any field fall under the general responsibility
Design of machinery;
To manufacture the most efficient parts at low cost as per the demand of the factory;
Installation, commissioning, and maintenance of heavy machinery;
Assist in determining project expenditure, calculating the required time, and formulating a budget.
What are the qualifications of a mechanical engineer?
Educational Qualifications: Must have Bachelor’s or Diploma degree in Mechanical Engineering from a recognized educational institution.
Age: The age limit is determined by the organization. You must be at least 25 years old.
Experience: Experienced people are predominant in this profession. Usually 1-2 years of experience comes in handy.
What kind of skills and knowledge does a mechanical engineer need to have?
Employers hope that as an entry level mechanical engineer you will be well versed in the basics of mechanical engineering. To that end, you need to have a clear idea of thermodynamics, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, materials science, and control. This will make you more proficient in system design.
As a mechanical engineer you should have proficiency in mathematics and statistics used in basic engineering. As well as knowing the workings of some software (such as: SolidWorks, AutoCAD, MATLAB) you will get more acceptance in the job market. Another thing to note here is that if you can do an internship at an institution while you are a student, it will make the employer more interested in you. This is because it is important to have some hands-on experience as a mechanical engineer.
Notable among the non-technical knowledge is –
Ability to solve problems in creative ways and logically;
Analytical ability, which can help in observing the nuances;
Having the mentality to work with others;
The ability to handle a variety of tasks together;
Having the mentality of working with heavy machinery in big factories.
Where to study Mechanical Engineering?
You can take a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from various public and private universities. There are also arrangements for studying in diploma courses. In addition, there are many public-private training centers in Bangladesh, where specialized training will help you get jobs in certain factories and industries.
There is also a precedent of experienced, technically qualified and specialized trained mechanical engineers earning Rs 2 lakh in the private sector. Besides, there is an opportunity to earn lakhs of rupees per month in a legal way by doing consultancy for government engineers in this profession.
What can a mechanical engineer’s career look like?
If you start your career as an assistant engineer in a government-private organization, it is possible to be promoted to the top position of the organization after a certain period of time according to your skills.
Career targets can range from Assistant Engineers in the public sector to Chief Engineers or Mechanical Engineers hired as Heads of Operations or Chief Operating Officers in the private sector. In addition, there are now career opportunities for mechanical engineers in university teaching, banking and civil service.