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 industries such 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, semi-conductor tools), Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (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) and Manufacturing (machining, machine tools, proto-typing, micro-fabrication). The breadth of the Mechanical Engineering discipline allows students a variety of career options beyond some of the industries listed above. After they graduate, regardless of the particular path they envision for themselves, their education will have provided them with the creative thinking that allows them to design an exciting product or a system, the analytical tools to achieve their design goals, the ability to overcome all constraints and the team-work 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 who are interested in applied scientific and mathematical aspects of Mechanical Engineering, Graduate and Post Graduate studies in the discipline could lead to a career in research and teaching.