Difference between Electrical and Mechanical Engineering?
Students often ask what the difference is between electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. There are many explanations regarding the difference and the summaries below should provide some clarification.
Actually Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering are near polar opposites in the engineering world. Mechanical Engineering is based on the mechanics field of physics, while Electrical Engineering is based on the electricity and magnetism field of physics. I have made things quite simple here. If you love solving problems in mechanics portion of physics then definitely mechanical engineering is for you and if you feel attraction in solving problems in electricity and magnetism then electrical engineering can be a right choice for you. (Vikash Gait)
Mechanical engineers plan, design and oversee the development, installation, operation and maintenance of machinery. They conduct research to solve practical engineering problems and improve efficiency. (Sourced from the Job Guide – Job Guide) In fact, it has to do with the design of any mechanical system and the assembly of different mechanisms to form a machine. This can be combined with other elements, such as the study and effect of heat in motion (Thermodynamics), the flow and application of compressible and incompressible fluid (Fluid Mechanism), mechanical design and computer/electronics engineering with the application of automatic control. (Mechatronics) etc.
Electrical engineers design, develop and supervise the manufacture, installation, operation and maintenance of electrical systems. They work on systems for the generation, distribution, utilisation and control of electric power. They also work on electronic systems used for computing, communications and other industrial applications. (Sourced from the Job Guide – Job Guide)
Electrical Engineering involves the design and study of electronics, power, and electrical systems. Electrical Engineering deals with the problems associated with large-scale electrical systems such as power transmission and motor control. So, Electrical Engineers are usually concerned with using electricity to transmit energy.
So, a simple analogy: being a mechanical engineer you will learn to build a car’s body and engine, while being an electrical engineer you will be able to handle/build/manage the car’s battery. (Vikash Gait)
Read more at Mechanical vs Electrical Engineering