Mechanical engineers design, build and analyse motor vehicles, aircraft, heating and cooling systems, water craft, manufacturing plants, industrial equipment and machinery, robotics, medical devices, alternative energy and more. Mechanical Engineers can work for a range of companies including companies who own or manage production facilities (known as Operators), Service Companies and Engineering Consultancies.
Mechananical engineers find employment in finding and creating new forms of energy such as:
- Petroleum – mechanical engineers work on oil and gas drilling and production, offshore and arctic operations, hydrocarbon processing, synfuels and coal technology, materials, equipment design and manufacture, fuel transport, new fuel technologies and pollution control.
- Ocean, offshore and arctic engineering – mechanical engineers design and build ocean structures, systems, hyperbaric chambers, life support equipment, marine vehicles, submersibles and ROV’s, propulsion systems, remote sensing systems, moorings and buoys, ship structures and ocean mining equipment.
The oil and gas extraction industry is one of the top-paying fields for mechanical engineers with an average annual salary of RM 500,000 in 2012. Those who worked in pipeline transportation of CRUDE OIL earned RM 400,000.
You will need a four year Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university. Your coursework will include fundamentals such as mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, kinematics (motion) and energy. Because mechanical engineers need to know 3D modeling and design, prospective engineers should particularly focus on mathematical aspects of their studies just as much as the hands-on mechanical skills.
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