mechanical engineering


Definition of mechanical engineering

: a branch of engineering concerned primarily with the industrial application of mechanics and with the production of tools, machinery, and their products

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Barrow worked as an installation foreman and service technician for a large mechanical contractor, then began working as a project manager and designer for a mechanical engineering firm. Community Report, Houston Chronicle, "Shepherd ISD names new administrator," 27 May 2018 Berger will attend University of Wisconsin-Madison next fall and plans to study mechanical engineering. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ten Girl Scouts in southeastern Wisconsin honored with Gold Award," 30 May 2018 There’s a lot of mechanical engineering that happens here: recycling nutrients from each bath to increase efficiency and sustainability, for example. Angela Chen, The Verge, "These are the technology advances that could end animal farming," 9 Nov. 2018 Stockfish has both a law degree and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering, and worked as an engineer at Boeing and as an attorney at Starbucks, K&L Gates and Univar before joining Weyerhaeuser, the company said. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Weyerhaeuser says Simons will step down as CEO in January," 27 Aug. 2018 Williams — now 23 and with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering and a master’s in engineering — is closing her first year at Pratt & Whitney with another distinction: She was recently named chairperson of the National Society of Black Engineers. Maya Moore,, "Women At Pratt & Whitney Lead National Organizations For Engineers," 23 June 2018 For their senior project as part of their mechanical engineering major, miccaplz, a Redditor, did a little bit of both by building a machine that folds paper into a proper paper airplane design and shoots them out at the end. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Students' DIY Machine Turns Paper into Planes, Goofing into Schoolwork," 22 Apr. 2016 The mechanical engineering students designed the custom three-wheeler for 9-year-old Bella, who has a mild form of cerebral palsy that makes riding a two-wheeler difficult. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "Engineering students use their brains and their hearts to build a bike for a little girl," 18 May 2018 Jeff Brown, 24, a mechanical engineering student from Battle Creek, has been a Western Michigan University co-op student at Eaton for four years. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Cutting-edge companies fighting over students hungry for challenge," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of mechanical engineering

1851, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mechanical engineering was in 1851

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English Language Learners Definition of mechanical engineering

: a type of engineering that is mainly concerned with the use of machines in industry

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