Alright, let’s start where every five year old starts when they want to know something: Wikipedia.
What I’m trying to learn is supposed to take four to five years of intense study. The short version is that mechanical engineering is the study and application of how things move and work.
The broadly accepted basics of the field are:
- Statics and Dynamics
- Strength of materials
- Instrumentation and measurement
- Thermodynamics, heat transfer and HVAC
- Combustion, automotive engines and fuel
- Fluid mechanics and fluid dynamics
- Mechanism design and kinematics
- Manufacturing engineering
- Hydraulics and pneumatics
- Mathematics with a focus on calculus, differential equations and linear algebra
- Engineering design
- Product design
- Material engineering
- Design engineering
Oh my goodness.
How does one eat an elephant? One bite at a time.