Mechanical Engineering as a career

Mechanical Engineering is one of the most oldest and celebrated branch of Engineering. Contribution to Mechanical Engineering can be traced to Ancient Greece when Archiemedese formed basis for Western Mechanics.

Today Mechanical Engineering is one of the most vibrant and omnipresent branch of Engineering. Practically every company that designs and produces a product employs a mechanical engineer. But mechanical engineers can also be found in research labs, the military, government, and in other professions such as medicine, law or teaching. Most mechanical engineering jobs require design experience. When a need comes about for a new or improved product, companies call upon mechanical engineers to do the job. Engineers have to push beyond the limits of their previous work and use innovative technology to meet project requirements successfully.

Having stated all legends about Mechanical Engineering, next big question is

How do I know I am interested in Mechanical Engineering?

This is a question we ask our students to ponder upon first. For choosing any field, you must be interested in that field. You should not enter into a field, because of peer pressure or parent’s insistence. So, how would you know if you are interested in Mechanical Engineering?

Our advice would be to go visit a workshop or Design Studio or a Production unit. Look at the typical day of Mechanical Engineer. Talk to people. Ask them why do they like their jobs? This exercise will give you insights into what you may have to do for about 35 years of your life. Are you ready?

In addition to visit to your future workplace, taking psychometric test and Career Counselling are best ways to judge your career options. They will help you understand your skills, preferences and personality types. Methods like Mayer’s Bragg Testing are statistically proven and can be easily read. For counselling you may think of the person with industry experience.

What is the scope?

Mechanical Engineers have a wide scope. They find jobs in virtually all industries.

  • Automotive engineer:Mechanical engineers design many car parts for the automotive industry. As an automotive engineer, you could solve transportation and safety problems by creating better and more efficient engines or by developing improved safety features
  • Biomedical engineer:Mechanical engineers work with a variety of medical professionals to design mobility aids, prosthetics, and artificial organs.
  • Consulting:Once mechanical engineers have gained significant on-the-job experience and developed a high level of expertise, they might choose to work for themselves as consultants or independent contractors. Here they can work on projects of their choosing for clients they respect. The consulting field offers opportunities in large and small engineering service firms and in private practice.
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) engineer: In this field, engineers design refrigeration systems for making frozen foods, or air-conditioning and heating systems for businesses and industrial buildings, residential homes, autos, hospitals, and schools.
  • Nuclear engineer: The design of nuclear power plants requires the services of a mechanical engineer. The engineer must understand the fundamentals of nuclear design, know how to operate the plant efficiently, and evaluate the environmental factors associated with nuclear plants.
  • Robotics engineer:A mechanical engineer may design machines that build other machines. For instance, a robotics engineer may be involved with creating the devices that are used in assembling automobiles. Engineers are concerned with the robot’s structure, its joint mechanisms, bearings, and heat transfer characteristics.
  • Teaching:A desire to help mould the next generation of engineers motivates some mechanical engineers to move into academic careers. Engineers in colleges oversee research activities, manage laboratories, and mentor students. They also write and publish books and technical papers about mechanical engineering.

How much salary would I get?

Average salary for Indian Mechanical Engineer is about Rs. 3,56,698/- per annum (payscale.com). Salary depends on many factors. Foremost of all is the college you pass out from. Other factors may include your passing marks, career objective etc.

Entrance Exams

From last three years, most of the institutes in India have subscribed to Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). Apart from IITs and NITs, engineering colleges in the States of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Odisha have joined JEE (Main) system.

Last date for Application for JEE 2015: 26th December, 2014

Exam Date for Engineering (Paper 1, offline): 4th April 2015

Exam Date for Engineering (Paper 1, online): 10th and 11th April 2015

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3 points to answer “Why do you want to work with us?”

We meet many people in our office, who blow their interviews by not preparing well for question, “Why do you want to work with us?” They also complain, “You know, I have sent about 50 copies of my resume still no results”. Jobseekers must understand that seeking jobs is not mere a number game. It is not about how many resumes you sent or how many interviews you attended. It is how well you prepared your resume and what was your strategy for interview. Our advise is, don’t just hope to get success by distributing resumes.

Imagine one fine morning you get a call, “Hello, Mr. Rajat. I am Deepa from ABC Company. I am responding to your resume submitted for post of Support Engineer. May I know why would you like to work with us?” Response to this question must be prompt and precise. If Rajat starts like, “Hmmm, well, I have applied to many companies and talked to many HRs, would you please elaborate in detail what were the responsibilities of the position?”, he has blown his chances. Hence you need planning. Before going to strategy to answer this question let’s look at why is this question asked at all?

Why this question?

Answer to the stated question explains many aspects of you and your planning to the interviewers. Most prominently it tells following:

  1. Your career goals and how this job fits into it
  2. Your seriousness for job and would you perform if hired?
  3. How much do you know about company, industry and position?

Strategy to answer this question

Before starting to strategize the answer, have a look at three things you future employers want to know. We can sum them up as, your future employer is looking for an individual, with serious plan for future, who is well aware of industry. So answer to this question should reflect said qualities about you.

Let’s simplify things for you. Just address each point in one to two sentences and you get your answer.

Explain in short what your goals are, may be for next three to five years. Explain that in order to achieve it, offered position can be a big milestone. This reflects you have a clear plan which is achievable and also if hired, you plan to stay at that position at least for next three to five years. This also shows that you are not a job hopper.

For addressing next point, you need to do a bit of research about the company, its background, products, markets and most importantly things in which company takes pride in. Companies pride is hidden in its tagline. For example, Coca-cola takes pride in spreading happiness. You must mention it and then also express you interest to do same.

Samples

  1. I have been working as Sales Engineer for about three years now and I have achieved all targets till date. I understand basic role and expectations of the position. I wish to move forward in my career by becoming Territory Manager where, I can use my experience to help Sales Engineer sell. This will help increase my share of contribution. Also, I have read in CEO Interview dated 12th January for XY News that the company takes pride in best service. I completely agree that best service in market can ensure long term business. I would be more than happy to contribute my bite to your service and in turn business. So, I would like to join your company.
  2. I have been working as Senior Engineer for couple of years, working on JAVA. Now, looking forward for about next four years, I wish to learn a leader’s skills and implement them successfully. I am sure I can perform at this position because I take initiatives; I am a good technical resource and an efficient team member. Your company is known for coding and I am proud of my contributions in establishing Standard Operating Procedures for our team, which improved our codes quality dramatically. With a team to work with me, I am sure; I can contribute in even better at this task.