The professions in mechanical engineering cover a very broad field. From research and development, design, production planning, assembly, installation, commissioning and project planning to technical services and sales. A mechanical does not only rely on what they have learned but also on intuition, fantasy and creative imagination.
The field of activity of the engineer today is particularly shaped by requirements such as:
- the use of new materials
- the solution of environmental problems
- the use of regenerative energy technologies
- EDP application and information technology
- Networking of existing production facilities to form production networks with integration of new international locations
Mechanical engineering is one of the classic fields of education in the engineering disciplines. The mechanical engineer has tasks in all areas of research, planning, development, construction, production of machines and technical aggregates as well as complete production plants. It is not unusual for mechanical engineers to take on tasks in the areas of sales and operations management. A high proportion of mechanical engineers can also be found in the public sector. Furthermore, freelance activities are offered, e.g. as an expert witness. With the help of additional training, activities such as patent attorney, patent assessor or industrial engineer are also possible.
A wide range of occupational fields is thus offered, including traffic engineering, physical engineering, electrical engineering, supply engineering, waste disposal engineering and building services engineering.
One possibility to study mechanical engineering is a cooperative course of study. In this video, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, one of over 120 partners in the cooperative study programme, shows how the combination of theory and practice works: