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What steps should I take to become a successful mechanical engineer?

I'm really enjoy looking at cars, and everything about them. I plan on majoring in mechanical engineering, and I was just wondering what steps I should take to become in the engineer life. #mechanical-engineering

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Shahed’s Answer

I am viewed as an experienced turnaround and challenging situations specialist, a champion of growth who builds and leads teams effectively implementing and improving product using new strategic manufacturing process planning for any kind of production and engineering techniques.
Though I am very strategic I am also a hands on leader and it is due to my high work ethic that you will find me to be a very dedicated professional who thrives on challenge and is used to fast-paced business environments. I am known as a high level of energy professional who takes charge and full responsibility for delivering bottom line results.
Diverse industry experience that includes machining, manufacturing, academic research in Syracuse university, teaching mechanical course and software’s and oil and gas industries.

  • Strategic and progressive thinking

  • Strategic and tactical planning managing and leading projects with high level of complexity

  • High energy and strength to drive operational excellence

  • Discipline and mental strength

  • Crisis management

  • Enabler of growth, servant leader

Highlight expertise:
1- Manufacturing & Maintained rotary machinery (Centrifugal or Low speed gearbox, High speed compressors, pump & components “journal bearing, tilting pad, thrust washer, mechanical seal & so on" in the oil and gas industrial).
2- Expert in Automation & how install autonomous equipment.
3- High technology knowledge in instrumentation in manufacturing and inspection (DT & NDT, CMM) for any production with more than 10 years directly experience from technician to highest graduate level.
4- Familiar API codes, ASME, ISA, AWS, ANSI, AWA, NEC, NFPA, UBC, IBC, DIN, Standards.
5- Knowing, how can select best process manufacture, injection moulding process, cutting tool, fixture, production floor and improve Product Line Manager (PLM) for each productions.
6- Expert in teaching and control any technical drafting with CAD/CAM Software (AutoCad, Soldworks, Catia, Pro Engineer, MasterCam, & Powermill).
7- Familiar how to maintain & improve manufacturing process via DFMEAs and PFMEAs, develop DVP&Rs, Lean manufacturing, 5S, product lifecycle
8- Sustainable manufacturing process planning with environmental consideration for any industry.
9- Knowledge about product high speed gearbox and tooth high technology for any design with any kind of corrections factor by GearTrax software & Thorough understanding of GD&T and how it is applied to design and manufacturing
10- High expertise with long time experience in management of plant, workshop and smart manufacturing
11- Research, justify and implement cost saving projects that focus on safety, quality and sustainability

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Murat’s Answer

I have one year experience in authomotive industry, I decided to become mech engineer just because of authomotive industry. When I start to work in that industry, I saw that it is not just one discipline which is all about. It covers different paths to keep on.
First I advise u to decide what it is exactly fascinating u, designing or manufacturing or selling or repairingor just driving. These are all needs different preworks and preperations which u have to complate.

  1. Design; u have to know math, drawing in computer, all calculations, and offcourse some art, these are all compenents which u can follow them or just u can choose one of them to be specific.

  2. Manufacturing; u have to know proses, and how process works, time management, stock control, and computer programs for stoc control, team management, team building vs.

I mean, u have to prepare yourself according to your future carieer plan whic u specified.

U can visit a authomotive company to see closely..

Regards, good luck,

Murat Eti

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Glenn’s Answer

That is a great question. From a high school perspective, you need to take classes in math and science at the highest level that you qualify for. AP Calculus, AP Physics, AP Chemistry. To cover the non-core classes in college, AP English, AP language. The non-core classes transfer easier into college than core classes. If your school offers classes in robotics or CAD, take them.

You have a passion for automotive and that is great. Working on cars is good. But when you are taking cars apart, trouble shooting issues, and reassembling them, you have a chance to think about the how and why they made the design decisions that they made. Some are more obvious as a mechanical design engineer, you will need to design for assembly and design for serviceability. Also, think about the real world conditions that the car needs to be designed for. This would include the road vibrations, the extreme hot and cold temperatures, and the number of years of usage. Other areas include the torque and temperature of the engine and the loads put on the breaks when stopping. Use your time when working on the cars to think about what how you would approach the design.

When you get to college, understanding the fundamentals is critical. If you have the chance to do a summer internship or Co-op, do it. Also take the classes with projects that interest you. These are usually available in your junior of senior year

Glenn recommends the following next steps:

AP Core classes in Calculus, Physics, and Chemistry
AP non-core classes in English, Language, etc.
Classes in CAD, programming, and robotics if offered
Use your time when working on cars to think through the design decisions and why you think the engineers did what they did
Do a COOP or Intership