What do mechanical engineers really do?
Mechanical Engineering is one of the broadest professions. Mechanical Engineers design and develop everything you think of as a machine – from supersonic fighter jets to toasters to bicycles. Many mechanical engineers influence products that aren't necessarily machines – shoes, light bulbs and doors. Mechanical engineers work in almost every industry, in private practice, in government, in medicine, in law, and in universities. Their work can take them anywhere including the bottom of the ocean - they design and work in deep-sea exploration bathscapes - and space - mechanical engineers were part of the team designing and building the space station Freedom, and flying as space shuttle astronauts. Other mechanical engineers cross over to other disciplines, working on everything from artificial organs to medical robots.
Undergraduate students participate in research projects as well as the Drexel Co-op program. Students who participate in co-op programs gain on-the-job experience that cannot be taught in the classrooms and are exposed to real-world engineering prior to graduation. The Co-op program at Drexel is part of the degree. It enables graduates to have up to 18 months of relevant experience with pay on their resume which gives them an edge when looking for their first opportunity after college.
For students interested in research, undergraduates can work with faculty in their research labs for experience and in some cases as independent study courses toward the Mechanical Engineering degree.