Mechanical Engineering Subjects

The duration of the Mechanical engineering course (BE or B Tech) is 4 Years. These 4 years are further divided into 8 semesters and in each semester, 5 to 6 theory subjects and 2 – 3 practical subjects are covered. Overall, a Mechanical Engineer studies more than 55 subjects in their 4-year college tenure.

The first year i.e. the first two semesters is common for all Engineering branches. Thereafter, from the second year i.e. 3rd semester, onwards each branch teaches their specialized subjects to their students. For example, the Mechanical Engineering students will study their mechanical related subjects and other branches such as computer science students will study computer-related subjects and so on.

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Subjects, which are mostly covered during the first year i.e. 1st semester and 2nd semester (common year), are as follows;

  1. Mathematics (M1 & M2)
  2. Engineering Physics
  3. Engineering Chemistry
  4. Engineering Drawing
  5. Computer science
  6. Electrical Science
  7. Engineering Mechanics
  8. Chemistry Laboratory
  9. Workshop Laboratory
  10. Physics Laboratory
  11. Computing Laboratory

From the 2nd year (3rd semester) onwards, the following subjects are covered;

  1. Mathematics (MIII & MIV)
  2. Thermodynamics (Basic & Applied)
  3. Solid Mechanics
  4. Engineering Materials
  5. Machine Drawing
  6. Fluid Mechanics
  7. Manufacturing Technology
  8. Kinematics of Machinery
  9. Dynamics of Machinery
  10. Design of Machine Elementsmechanical engineering subjects
  11. Electrical Machines
  12. Machine Design
  13. Mechanical Measurements
  14. Heat and Mass Transfer
  15. Control Systems
  16. Mechatronics
  17. Engineering Work Shop Practice
  18. Production Technologymechanical engineering subjects
  19. Power Plant Engineering
  20. Managerial Economics and Financial Analysis
  21. Automobile Engineering
  22. Machine Tools
  23. Heat Transfer
  24. Industrial Management
  25. CAD/CAM
  26. Metrology and Surface Engineering
  27. Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
  28. Operations Research
  29. Database Management Systems
  30. Finite Element Methods
  31. Instrumentation and Control Systems
  32. Robotics
  33. Probability and Statistics
  34. Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic Machinery
  35. Environmental Studies
  36. Computational Fluid Dynamics
  37. Advanced-Data Structures and Algorithms
  38. Unconventional Machining Processes
  39. Nonconventional Sources of Energy
  40. Production Planning and Control
  41. Nanotechnology
  42. Computer Organization and Architecture
  43. Automation in Manufacturing
  44. Interactive Computer Graphics
  45. Operating System Concepts
  46. Metallurgy and Materials Science
  47. Production Technology Lab
  48. Mechanics of Solids and Metallurgy Lab
  49. Object-Oriented Programming Lab
  50. Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic Machinery Lab
  51. Thermal Engineering Lab
  52. Metrology and Machine Tools Lab
  53. Advanced English Communication Skills Lab
  54. Heat Transfer Lab
  55. Production Drawing Practice and Instrumentation Lab
  56. CAD/CAM Lab
  57. Industry Oriented Mini Project
  58. Seminar
  59. Project Work

mechanical engineering subjects

The above subjects are mostly covered in many universities. However, subjects, syllabus, and exam patterns vary from university to university.

After the successful completion of these courses, a degree certificate is awarded. Either BE i.e. Bachelor of Engineering or B Tech i.e. Bachelor of Technology degree is awarded. BE and B Tech degrees are considered equivalent.

Many times people ask the difference between BE and B Tech. These two terms are equivalent. However, In B Tech number of practical papers may be more than the BE. However, that never affects anything.

The only thing that needs to be taken care of is the affiliation of the college. The college must be affiliated by a valid university and must be recognized by the AICTE.

Most of the universities give lateral entry directly to the second year to diploma Engineers (in some universities they are given lateral entry to even the third year also). Hence, if you are a diploma Engineer willing to do BE or B Tech you can save your time and money.

A diploma Engineer has the choice to pursue BE or B Tech through correspondence course along with their job. In that case, they are required to attend the practical’s/Lab sessions only. However, you need to be careful while choosing such colleges/universities. The first and foremost requirement for any college/university is AICTE recognition. If the college is recognized by AICTE then only enroll for such courses.


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