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Mechanical engineers have helped build innovations that have transformed society throughout history. Learn mechanical engineering with online courses delivered through edX.

What is mechanical engineering?

Mechanical engineering is the study, design, development, construction, and testing of mechanical and thermal sensors and devices. Mechanical engineering has its roots in the industrial revolution with the advent of the steam engine, automated manufacturing, and the demands of railroad transportation requiring increasingly innovative and sophisticated engineering solutions. Today, mechanical engineering careers focus on creating technologies to meet a wide range of human needs.

What do mechanical engineers do? They work in offices and the field, visiting worksites when a problem or piece of equipment needs their personal attention, and overseeing elements of construction. Mechanical engineers work in engineering services, research and development, and manufacturing.

Whether you're interested in learning more about the history of mechanical engineering, or you want to pursue a master's in mechanical engineering degree, there are various learning pathways for online learners.

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Mechanical engineering course curriculum

Learn about mechanical engineering with introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses. A typical curriculum may include some of the following topics:

  • Dynamics and vibration

  • Engineering design

  • Heat and mass transfer

  • Fluid mechanics

  • Systems, measurements, and controls

  • Solid mechanics

  • Thermodynamics

Generally, mechanical engineering courses will include math content.

Careers in mechanical engineering

Mechanical engineers can work in a variety of industries, from aviation to manufacturing. Some mechanical engineers work in technical sales and explain or customize a firm’s product for prospective customers. Others work in research and development. Some job titles recognized in the field include:

  • Mechanical engineering technician

  • Mechanical engineer

  • Biomedical engineer

  • Applications engineer

  • Manufacturing engineer

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