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Free Online Mechanical Engineering Courses
These free online mechanical engineering courses will teach you the skills applicable across multiple industries including automotive, aerospace, biotechnology, computer and electronics, automation, and manufacturing. You will study objects and systems in motion and learn to design, develop, build, and test mechanical systems, opening up career opportunities for you.
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Of all the engineering disciplines, mechanical engineering is one of the widest. It is basically the scientific study of physical machines connected to movement and force. Mechanical engineers design, build, test and maintain machinery but to do so, they have to understand physics, mathematics and even chemistry (to ensure the materials they use are compatible, strong enough and safe) and thermodynamics (as friction produces heat). Probably every modern appliance we use was likely overseen by a mechanical engineer at some point in its development process.
Mechanical engineering is a diverse field that covers everything from acoustics and aerodynamics to ergonomics and cyber security, biotechnology and robotics. But you need a good grounding in the basics before you can start designing rocket ships!
The invention of the internal combustion engine changed the world. This course is a must-do for every aspiring mechanical engineer as ICs are the backbone of so many transport modes for goods and passengers.
Once you’ve mastered internal combustion engines, you can begin to specialise. Shipping is a global, multi-trillion dollar industry: keeping ships running is important to worldwide trade. Maintenance is also key for preventing expensive break-downs and catastrophic oil spills.
Mechanical engineers always look to the future. This course moves away from ICs to the electric motors found in BEVs (battery electric vehicles). A reduction in the reliance on fossil fuels and improved sustainability is important for all mechanical engineers to be aware of.
Because mechanical engineering is such a broad field, there are lots of directions to go in. Here are some ideas that will only become more important in the future:
The exciting coming together of electronics and mechanical engineering.
Learn how to design and construct robots that can assist humans with all sorts of tasks.
Solar power is part of major sustainability efforts across the world.
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