LEARNING WITH MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Mechanical Engineering involves design, production and operation of everything from small individual parts and devices (e.g. microscale sensors, printer nozzle) to large systems (e.g. machine tools, spacecraft).
‘Mechanical Engineering’ is an apt course to study for those how are passionate about machines and its functionalities. Isn’t amazing that the human curiosity and great work of the scientists have created a comprehensive mechanical system with the application of simple principles of physics and material science. This branch of engineering is the one of the oldest and the broadest one. It emerged in the ancient and medieval society, but it got its pace in 19th century with the industrial revolution, an era of invention of big machines and engines. Since then it has been continually evolving to incorporate the advancement, and now it has reached to the developments in areas of composites, mechatronics, and nanotechnology, hence has crafted lots of scope for the mechanical engineers.
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Mechanical engineering requires an understanding of core concepts including mathematics, mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, material science, structural analysis, and electricity.
Research and Projects
Now a day the industrial culture has changed. Now for an engineer, some hand on experience is expected. So to fulfill this criterion the students do projects and some industry-oriented research. The projects are mainly concerned with Mechanical engineering or Mechatronics. The other benefits of project are that these projects widen the knowledge because the knowledge of many subjects is required. The students have to study their subjects to accomplish the projects and this benefits them in their curriculum also. Students do the projects in every semester. Mainly the projects are related to their semester subjects, which they are studying or they have already studied in pervious semesters.
Every week for at least two lectures the students are engaged in the real-time industrial environment. Different type of activities is performed in group discussions, power point presentation, mock interviews, role plays, case studies, quizzes and other activities. The activities may be related to their subject curriculum or sometimes beyond the curriculum, which may be the current scenario of Indian politics, sports, books etc.
The evaluation of students is done on a continuous basis. Apart from three evaluation internal exams. The assignments, tutorials, surprised tests are the criteria on which student is evaluated. Continuous evaluation is done on daily basis. In a teaching and learning community, the most effective evaluation is that which encourages and rewards effective teaching practices on the basis of student learning outcomes. Assessment of student learning at its best enables students to identify their own strengths and weaknesses and to determine the kinds of information they need to correct their learning deficiencies and misconceptions. When such evaluation is properly employed, students learn that they can engage in self-assessment and continuous improvement of performance throughout their lives.
Assessment is more than grades
To many, the word “assessment” simply means the process by which we assign students grades. Assessment is much more than this, however. Assessment is a mechanism for providing instructors with data for improving their teaching methods and for guiding and motivating students to be actively involved in their own learning. As such, assessment provides important feedback to both instructors and students.
The model of teaching in our department is a corporate model in which apart from regular subject classes various activities are done. The activities may be interactive sessions, group discussions, quizzes, and projects.
The overall development of students is the main target of our teaching methodology. Besides the regular timetable of subject classes, some interesting features are incorporated to create interest in students’ ability to learn. The activities other than teaching are planned by a group of students under the guidance of some experienced faculty.
The presentation is a good source of teaching aid nowadays. When a student comes in front of the audience, he hesitates initially. After regular presentations, a comfort zone is reached. For many individuals, the first important presentation they deliver might be to the selection committee. It might be labeled as a “job interview” but it’s really a presentation. Success rides on their presentation outshining the competition. The results are black and white but the skills are a rainbow of colors.
In most organizations day-to-day business entails teamwork. That means presenting to your team or on behalf of your team. Career growth necessitates presenting your ideas to others. And if you want to be promoted you need to train others to handle your old job. If you want to fast track your career – volunteer to work on projects and deliver more presentations.
The topic of presentation for students is mainly related to their technical curriculum. But sometimes if a student is interested to give a presentation on any other useful topic other than curriculum, that is also welcomed. It makes the teaching-learning comfortable.
Clubs play important role in a students life. You’ll meet people who have similar interests to yours. You may also meet people from different backgrounds who you may not have the opportunity to interact with before. Teamwork and respect are two important life-skills that can carry you through life. By joining clubs or teams, you’ll learn to work together towards a common goal, learn respect for coaches, leaders, yourself, and one another. Perhaps you’re not as academically talented as some other students at school; by participating in a club or other activity, you have the opportunity excel in something you enjoy and are good at. Many clubs and activities take place in a relaxed environment, so you have a chance to unwind and do things you like after a busy day at college.
All students join a club of their choice. We get together on Friday afternoon for club activities. Every week one club organizes an event. The following are the current clubs.
Co-Curricular: Debates, JAM, GDs, Jingles, Management related activities
Corporate Interface: Industry visits, inviting guest speakers, interviews, biographies
Wellness: Creating awareness about health and environment
Photography: Recording all events, competitions
Movie: Playing movies with a message
Cultural: Dance, Song, College making, Poster Making, Creative Writing, Antakshari.
Every semester student has to study nearly 6 subjects according to the curriculum. The regular classroom teaching is not efficient to enhance the subject knowledge until the student is not engaged in practical aspects of that subject. So to fulfill that, each semester, each student with a group of students is include in some projects related to their curriculum. It gives them hand on experience which is the demand of industry nowadays, as well as make the learning interesting and easy Students in our department do projects in steps. In our semester they do minor (mini) project and in next semester they do a major project.
Minor projects for engineering students gives an edge over the race of recruitment to work hard to ensure a good career. The importance of making mini-projects cannot be overstressed. In spite of employment practices in recent times, students are progressively taking up mini-projects to pad up their skill-set, they add where students have been placed in their third year before the final-year project. In spite of theory concept, you acquire, various industries also need to know your capacity to complete projects using your specific initiative. So, we recommend students do mini engineering projects in their four years of engineering and try to present as many white papers as possible in the engineering third year.
By studying this course one gets the adequate knowledge about following:
- Basic of making of machine part by skilling in pattern & carpentry, welding, fitting, forging, foundry grinding, milling with CNC machine.
- Material Sciences which is a study of different materials and its strength.
- Dynamics of machines such as fluid machines, kinematic of machines, refrigeration & air conditioning, automobile engineering, I.C. Engines and Gas turbines
- Thermodynamic such as fluid mechanics, Heat transfer and steam& power generation
- Structure analysis which is the study about various theorems to calculate slope and deflection in beams and displacement etc.
- Computer Aided Machines Designs.
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