Mechanical Engineering: Not The Same As “Oga Mechanic”

Mechanical engineers not only design new mechanical systems but they are also responsible for testing, maintaining and manufacturing them.
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Mechanical engineering, also referred to as the ‘mother’ branch of engineering, is one of the oldest branches of engineering. Almost all inventions during the ancient period and a vast majority in the modern era are direct contributions of one or the other application of mechanics.

Mechanical engineers not only design new mechanical systems but they are also responsible for testing, maintaining and manufacturing them.

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AS A CAREER

To make mechanical engineering your chosen career path, you must have a clear view of the way different machines function. This trait can be observed in early childhood when children try to tinker around with different machinery in their immediate vicinity. Such kids often tend to take apart mechanical toys, clocks, bicycles and then they try to assemble them back again.

JOB PROSPECT

Since mechanical engineering is the broadest of all engineering fields, the job prospects on offer for skilled mechanical engineers not “OGA MECHANIC” are aplenty and unending. Mechanical engineers are required to design, test, manufacture, install, operate and maintain a wide array of machines and mechanical systems that are used in countless industries. These professionals can find employment both in the government and private sector undertakings.

Major industries that employ mechanical engineers include automobiles, space research, aeronautical, energy and utilities, air conditioning, bio-mechanical industry. Other major employers include giant manufacturing plants, air conditioning and refrigeration industry, turbine manufacturing plants, oil and gas exploration and refining industries and the agricultural sector.

In the government sector, mechanical engineers can provide their knowledge to various government-run projects in the role of technical experts and consultants. They can also work in private engineering companies that provide technical consultancy to both government and corporate firms.

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SALARY EXPECTATION

Mechanical engineering offers a wide variety of career opportunities to job aspirants. The average monthly salary of mechanical engineers who are new to this profession is approximately in the range between $60,000 and $90,000 (N119,38.2000 – N179,07.3000) Good campus placements can fetch even better packages for deserving students. Mechanical engineers who hold a post-graduate degree from a reputed academic institute tend to get better offers than diploma and degree holders.

 CAREER DEMAND IN WORK-FIELD

There is great demand for skilled mechanical engineers in different segments of the industry. Their expertise is required in traditional manufacturing industries such as automobiles, aviation, shipping, aerospace, power plants and machinery manufacturing. In recent times, the services of expert mechanical engineers have even been sought in fields such as nanotechnology, biomedical engineering, energy conservation and environmental engineering. Percentage demand rate 90%.

 SOME UNIVERSITIES TO STUDY MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

  • Cardiff University (United Kingdom)
  • Capitano University (Canada)
  • Drexel University (USA)

To make inquiries or begin an application at Foundation, Undergraduate, University transfer and Postgraduate levels in Mechanical Engineering field, do speak with our experienced career counselors at Degrees&Careers by emailing counsellor@degreesandcareers.info

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