Where are the Faculty's graduates today
The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Technion is Israel's primary source for mechanical engineers in industry, research and development. The graduates of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering hold the most senior positions in Israeli industry and the armed forces, including high-tech industries and the defense industry. Today the Faculty numbers around 1300 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. The academic faculty comprises 40 senior faculty members, as well as industrial experts who serve as adjutant lecturers and research scientists.
What do mechanical engineers do
Mechanical engineering, one of the broadest and most comprehensive engineering fields, is engaged in transforming scientific discoveries into products that can benefit society. Mechanical engineers develop, design, manufacture and maintain diverse systems, among them automated machines and production systems; robots that perform manufacturing and service tasks; sophisticated motion systems (for automobiles, airplanes and ships; control and guidance systems; power stations for producing energy using standard and alternative methods. New scientific discoveries pertaining to miniaturization, computers and life sciences along with new demands from high-tech industries have presented mechanical engineers with new challenges, among them the development of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), nanotechnology and nano-production, automated robots, medical instrumentation and robots, opto-mechanical systems, and biomechanical devices and instruments.
Mechanical engineering studies at the Technion stress the systems approach. For this reason, it is not surprising that most of the graduates of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering serve as project leaders in interdisciplinary projects and hold management positions in industry.
Mechanical engineering is among the broadest and most comprehensive engineering disciplines, and mechanical engineers are expected to take the lead in transforming new discoveries in the life sciences into products that can benefit society.
Major areas of study
- Robotics, control and mechatronics (Revadim Program)
- Material Mechanics and Microsystems (MEMS)
- Design, Manufacturing and CAD/CAM
- Ocean engineering
Each major area of study offers a variety of advanced courses that require knowledge of basic scientific topics in mechanical engineering. Each major has specialized advanced laboratories, and the high point for students studying mechanical engineering is the final project.
Elective courses offer the following additional minor areas of study: system reliability; nuclear engineering; surface engineering; computational mechanics.
Programs for outstanding students
The Faculty has set excellence in mechanical engineering studies as a major goal. To this end, it offers two programs for outstanding students. One is the Barakim program for students from the IDF Atuda (Academic Reserve) who are majoring in design. The other is the Raamim program, which enables outstanding students to design a more intensive program of studies that takes their personal capabilities and their professional ambitions into consideration.
Participants in the Barakim program are chosen after careful screening by special IDF development units. Participants in the Raamim program are chosen at the end of their third semester of studies. During the course of their studies, students in both these programs also take graduate courses in mechanical engineering to expedite completing their master's degree. Special scholarships are allocated to excellent students while pursuing the master's degree.
Dr. Sharon Hornstein, holds Bsc, Msc, PhD (all three degrees from the faculty of Mechanical Engineering), talks about what attracted her to this area of study and about the career advantages the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering offers to women.
My military service as an operations officer in the Sikorsky CH 53 (Yasur) helicopter squadron is what led me to mechanical engineering. After I completed my service, I knew I would study engineering, though mechanical engineering was not my natural choice. The fact that an acquaintance of mine was unable to find work after completing a degree in mechanical engineering had quite an impact on me, and I told my parents there was no way I would study mechanical engineering at university! But once I began my studies, this statement turned into the family joke. Thought and Implementation In my first years of study, the courses covered extremely broad fields, but despite the pressure I found this a very positive and upbeat period. I especially enjoyed the math courses because they combined scientific thought with engineering applications. As opposed to more abstract fields like computer science, in mechanical engineering you can actually see things happening and that's great. A wonderful launch into the world of engineering.
Toward the end of my undergraduate studies, I began working in the field. After three years, I decided I wanted to expand my analytical knowledge and I returned to the Faculty for graduate studies (a master's degree and doctorate). As a graduate of the Faculty, I can honestly say I have accumulated a great deal of knowledge and learned when to use it. I was taught by lecturers and professors with amazing intellectual powers, and I gained industrial experience I could not have gotten outside the academic framework. Furthermore, most mechanical engineers working in industry work with computers or with other engineers and clients, and most of their work involves mechanical or mathematical design.
Mechanical engineering needs creative thinkers, both for development and for ongoing organizational administration, as well as people who can reason deductively and select the optimal engineering solution, and women meet all these requirements.