Department of Mechanical Engineering - FAQs

Q1. Why Mechanical Engineering?

Ans. Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest branches and is referred to as the ‘mother’ branch of all engineering. The appealing feature of this branch is that the application base of this field of study is extremely broad and diverse. All inventions till date are direct contributions of one or the other application of mechanics, thermodynamics, robotics, kinematics, design and structural analysis, fluid mechanics etc. These concepts are applied in the process of designing state-of-the-art manufacturing units, process units, machine building, power plant equipment, refrigeration & air-conditioning equipment, automobiles and their engines, aircraft and aerospace parts, industrial machinery etc. Mechanical engineers not only design new mechanical systems but they are also responsible for testing, maintaining and manufacturing them. In short, Mechanical Engineer runs industries.

Q2. What are the basic traits required for a mechanical engineer?

Ans. The entry into this branch of engineering requires certain basic traits. Apart from being good in physics and mathematics, one must have a penchant for mechanical components and machinery and how these machines work. Further, one must have immense patience, ability to work for long hours and an inventive spirit that are essential ingredients for becoming a successful mechanical engineer.

Q3. What are the various placement opportunities available after completing B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering?

The opportunities are plenty and unending because of the broadest nature of the field mechanical engineering offer. Mechanical engineers are required to design, test, manufacture, install, operate and maintain a wide array of machines and mechanical systems and hence can find employment both in the government and private sector undertakings. Major industries include automobiles, aeronautical, power, energy and utilities, air conditioning and refrigeration industry, manufacturing plants, oil and gas exploration, refining industries, agricultural sector, shipping industry, banks, insurance, financial institutions, teaching & research. 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. They not only have countless options in the industrial sector but they can also make foray into new realms of technology and even get into management and technical consultancy.

Q4. What are the modern avenues available to a Mechanical Engineer?

Ans. Apart from the conventional roles and responsibility, the scope of mechanical engineering is leaping beyond its traditional boundaries. Focus is on new areas of research such as nanotechnology, development of composite materials, biomedical applications, environmental conservation, and IT Setups etc. Overall mechanical engineering offers a wide bouquet of job options to students who are looking for a stable and stimulating career.

Q5. How can a mechanical engineer respond to today’s dynamics of job markets in India?

Ans. The resurgence of mechanical engineering was quite spectacular in recent years due to the regular progressive nature of development worldwide. According to survey, this is the most sought branch preferred by students seeking admission to various technical institutes across India in the recent years. The job market for mechanical engineers is perennial. Even the vagaries of the global economic crisis could not knock out the demand for these professionals in the Indian job market. Although some branches of mechanical engineering went out of focus during the meltdown period, the overall situation was much better as compared with other careers. On the brighter side, things are getting back to normal and this evergreen career path is again gaining currency amongst career aspirants as it did during the pre-meltdown years.

Q6. Can a Mechanical Engineer be absorbed in defence forces?

Ans. Yes, in the Aircraft stream and Automobiles.

A career in the Indian defence service is a lot more than just an element of pride in donning the uniform, be it army, air force or navy. There is nothing to beat a career in the defence forces, crucial responsibilities, service to the nation, respect from all sections of society all rolled into one. Training for the defence services automatically qualifies students to become full-fledged officers of the service to which they are appointed. They are guaranteed a job, along with all the perks and allowances, many of which continue even after retirement. Jobs in the Defence Services involve a great deal of power and authority, though there are frequent transfers. Competent officers always have a chance of being promoted to senior positions over the years.

Q7. What are the different softwares used by the students of Mechanical Engineering?

Ans. The different types of software used by mechanical engineers for design and analysis are-

  • Solid Modelling Software: AutoCad, SolidWorks, CATIA, ProE/Creo, UG NXCAD, etc.
  • Simulation and Analysis: HyperMesh, ALTAIR, ANSYS, etc.
  • Programming Language: C++, JAVA, PYTHON, etc.

Q8. What are the various co-curricular activities organized in the Mechanical Department?

Ans. Various clubs like SAE collegiate, ASME, ROBOCOM, ASHRAE, ISTE are there in the department wherein the students can enroll and participate to explore his/her technical capabilities and innovative ideas. The students under these clubs have been participating in various National & International competitions and have won various prizes and awards. Regular talks/seminars by industrial and academic experts are organized in the department to update and enhance the knowledge of students and faculty.

Q9. What is the quality of the Faculty in Mech Dept. and what is innovative in their teaching methodologies?

Ans. All recruitments are in compliance with AICTE Norms. The core faculty comprises well qualified and experienced academicians from the reputed institutions such as IITs, central Universities like Delhi University, Jamia Millia Islamia etc. Leading professionals from the corporate world with rich industry experience are also a part of MRU teaching fraternity. Faculty members continuously innovate and upgrade their teaching methodology to suit the current requirements of the Industry/society. Some of the salient features of the teaching methodology being followed at MRU are:

Use of ICT in teaching learning process:

  • NBA compliant course materials uploaded on ERP portal for easy access by students
  • Use of LCD projectors, web cameras etc.
  • Usage of virtual laboratories in different courses.
  • Online tests and evaluation; feedback system etc.

Extension/redesigning of regular curricula:

  • Extension of experiments in laboratories to lead the students to designing stage.
  • Introduction of mini projects in lab courses.
  • Redesigning of courses to suit the needs of students with different learning abilities (eg. English Language courses, Mathematics course)
  • Introduction of 2 weeks compulsory in-house summer training, post 2nd semester as an internship programme
  • Employment Enhancement Program, focused on imparting industry specialized soft skills, aptitude and technical training, in place.
  • Co- curricular activities to bridge the gaps in curriculum.

Student Centric Learning:

  • Breadth of electives offered.
  • Identification of weak and advanced learners.
  • Special measures for addressing the needs of these learners.
  • Communication skills test at entry level to provide specialized communication skills training.
  • Tutorial batch size of 15 for more personalized attention.

Q10. What measures are taken to help the students in finding employment?

Ans. We have a well-organized placement cell doing commendable job year after year. We also conduct special coaching for improving the employability skills of the students. Emphasis on analytical skills and attitudinal changes is given besides the training on soft skills as well as communication skills. The college seeks accreditation from different bodies, sign MOUs etc. to promote employment. For example, MRU is an AICTE approved Institution and the department has an MOU with Altair, design Tech, Daikin Air Conditioning India Pvt ltd, Trans Neuron Technologies and CYPE MEP softwares for augmenting internship and placement opportunies for students.

Q11. What are various sectors/types of industry in which mechanical engineers can be absorbed?

Ans. They can be suitably employed in-

  • Manufacturing industries
  • Maintenance work
  • Automobile mfg. & maintenance industries
  • Refrigeration industries / Air conditioning industries
  • Escorts
  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)
  • JCB / Hero Honda
  • Railways
  • Armed Forces
  • Software companies like TCS, Infosys, L&T
  • Other small scale industries etc.

Q12. What are the qualities of labs in the mechanical department?

Ans. Equipment/Machines involved in each lab are versatile enough to give students complete practical knowledge and exposure of theory being taught in subjects and this will help them to bridge the gap between academia and industry.

Q13. Is there any industrial interaction program for students?

Ans. Throughout the year, we run several industrial interaction programmes with numerous industries namely NTPC, NHPC, SHREERAM PISTON, MARUTI SUZUKI, WHIRPOOL, YAMAHA, JCB, TATA MOTORS, SONALIKA TRACTORS, INDIGO, HCL and many more.

Q14. What kind of infrastructure is available to the department?

  • Lush green campus with round the clock accessible WI-FI, overhead projectors incorporated in every classroom for better teaching support.
  • Thousands of books accessible to students, with ease of access facility using Digital library.
  • International Incubation centre to pursue innovative research.

Q15. What do you teach in summer training?

Ans. Current updated softwares related to design stream to give students a proper view of modeling and analysis such as – AUTOCAD, CATIA, PRO-E, ANSYS, HYPERMESH, CFD, CNC Programming and advanced manufacturing processes with prototyping being taught to students interested in production stream. Boiler design, RAC and HVAC for students interested towards thermal stream.

Q16. What is Smart Manufacturing?

Ans. It is the move towards digitization of the manufacturing sector which will involve comprehensive interaction/interfacing between various modern technology such as Internet of Things (IoT), cyber-physical systems, big data, advanced analytics, human-machine interfaces, cloud computing in real-time to form the fourth industrial revolution.

Q17. How the smart manufacturing students would be benefitted?

Ans. Students will be trained in manufacturing processes, manufacturing systems, systems engineering, Industrial Automation and basic shop floor communications. Experiential learning approach will be followed and students will be gaining hands-on experience in many spheres of technology related to smart manufacturing. The department has collaborated with Trans Neuron Technologies for the Industrial Automation certification Program for smart manufacturing students. Total 120 hrs teaching modules including classroom session and programming lab session have been delivered by their Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). Hitachi Vantara will provide Industry Connect module certification courses to final year students.

Q18. Why is it required?

Ans. The emergence of this new era of embedded technology means that information on how these things are integrated together is available at your fingertips. In the backdrop of huge operation in manufacturing sector, this philosophy of smart manufacturing is going to help immensely in taking quick and accurate decisions so as to save time as well as money because it involves interactive approach of different disciplines like data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing etc.

Q19. How it is going to be operated?

Ans. Smart manufacturing is more focused on manufacturing processes and integrating IoT technologies to help create smart, connected factories.

Q20. How it would be beneficial in the manufacturing sector?

Ans. In the present time, with the ever-increasing consumption of consumer goods, the demand for customized goods is increasing exponentially and to meet this situation, manufacturer have to respond quickly to these changing market conditions in the most efficient way. Having a setup of smart manufacturing in the factory will be an enabler to achieve this aim.

Q21. What are the opportunities for students passing out with specialization?

Ans. Being at the forefront of Industry 4.0 and taking advantage of technology will allow manufacturers, big or small to achieve business outcomes that weren’t possible 10 years ago, such as improving cost-effectiveness and product quality. IoT enabled technologies will give manufacturers the chance to have full visibility of operations and allow them to be responsive to information about raw materials, inventory, quality, waste, output and customer demands, ensuring that opportunities for improvement are highlighted and action is taken, saving money, time and improving customer satisfaction and supplier relations.

In all the above operations/activities, a student passing out with the knowledge of smart manufacturing and Industrial Automation will be able to make real value addition in achieving the desired targets of the industry.

Q22. What is the full form of M.Tech. What is the duration of the course?

Ans. M.Tech stands for Masters of Technology. It is a postgraduate engineering degree in the area of production and Manufacturing. The duration of this degree course is two years.

Q23. What is the eligibility criteria for M.Tech?

Ans. Candidates who have completed their BE/BTech degree with minimum 50% marks or equivalent CGPA.

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