We have student organizations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the Institute of the Industrial Engineering (IIE) that annually participate in design contests. This is about as close as you come to putting what you learn to the test.
The Aero Design competition is intended to provide undergraduate and graduate engineering students with a real-life engineering exercise. The competition has been designed to provide exposure to the kinds of situations that engineers face in the real work environment. First and foremost a design competition, students will find themselves performing trade studies and making compromises to arrive at a design solution that will optimally meet the mission requirements while still conforming to the configuration limitations.
What Other Opportunities Exist?
In addition to the design competitions, the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering offers some great resume builders. Both undergraduate and graduate students have extensive opportunities to take part in research.
We also have quite an extensive and hi-tech manufacturing facility that utilizes traditional manufacturing methods as well as newer technologies that combine computer-aided design (CAD) with computer-aided manufacturing (CAM). Those who work in this facility learn these skills which are valuable in the job market. We also have high powered workstations running some of the most advanced CAD packages such as Pro-Engineer and I-DEAS, the same programs used by the top companies such as Ford Motor Company.
Also to facilitate this research and development effort, twelve (12) industrial robots, as well as several conveyor systems, CNC machines, Programmable Logic Controllers and the McDonnell Douglas C.A.D. Robotic System and Workspace 3 CAD System have been acquired and developed. Most of the robots have been incorporated into automated work cells consisting of computer controllers, robot manipulators, automated conveyor systems, CNC machine tools and flexible manufacturing systems.
What this all means to you is that if you take advantage of all there is available, from the CAD packages to the research experience, to manufacturing and design experience, that you'll have a resume that will put you in the best position to get a great job.
Take Another Step, Graduate Studies
As an undergraduate you want to begin considering graduate activities such as pursuing a masters degree. As an undergraduate you may be eligible to participate in the BS/MS program. If your GPA is good enough and if approved, you will automatically be accepted for graduate school at NJIT. You will also be allowed to take 6 credits of graduate courses that count not only toward your undergraduate degree but also toward your master's degree.
In Conclusion ...
We hope that you have gained more insight into the mechanical and industrial engineering profession. As you can see, studying mechanical engineering here at NJIT can be the first step toward a great career . Should you have any questions at all about our program, please feel free to write, email, or call us.