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Mechanical engineering is a highly diversified profession. The mechanical engineer designs machines,  devices, various products and control  systems, and works with the generation, conversion, transmission, and utilization of mechanical and thermal power. Assignments  often include  analysis and synthesis of  mechanical,  thermal,  and fluid systems. Mechanical engineers are also responsible for characterization, specification, and analysis of materials used in design and manufacturing. Manufacturing systems, robotics, electromechanical  devices, and control systems are also the purview of the mechanical engineer. Graduates in mechanical engineering are among the most versatile engineers and enjoy professional employment  in industry, government, consulting, and research organizations.
 
The work of mechanical  engineers varies from  general  engineering  to numerous, narrow specialties, as required by the wide variety of employers. A general list, though  not in any way exhaustive, of the areas of professional employment opportunities available to mechanical engineers includes: design, construction, controls, materials specification and evaluation, analysis of thermal systems, fluid and solid mechanics, manufacturing, plant engineering, research and development, and technical sales. Many mechanical engineers are promoted to management and administrative positions as well.
 
The Mechanical Engineering curriculum at Texas A&M at Qatar requires students to develop and apply logical thinking, innovative approaches, and ethical standards as a prerequisite for professional competence. The curriculum consists of basic theory courses complemented by laboratory experiences in science and mathematics, dynamic systems and controls, design, experimentation, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, manufacturing, and materials. Elective courses are offered in several specific areas of mechanical engineering including air conditioning,  computer-aided  design, control  systems, corrosion, energy conversion, materials, mechanical design, plastics, mechatronics, failure, power generation, turbomachinery, and others. The selection of elective courses is dictated by the interests and professional goals of the student, working with departmental advisors and within the curriculum guidelines.
 
Many students enhance their education by participating in professional internships, which offer opportunities  for employment in engineering positions while working toward a degree. Numerous study abroad programs are also available for gaining experience and perspectives in the international arena. Participation in student chapters of professional and honor societies provides leadership opportunities,  collegial activities, and learning experiences outside the classroom. Students may also participate in research projects through individually directed studies courses with a professor.
 
Texas A&M University at Qatar
Program Chair (PC) ...................................................................................Vijay Panchang, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
 
Texas A&M University
Department Head (DH) ................................................................... Andreas A. Polycarpou, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.