Here I want to explain why I believe mechanical engineers create the best most useful products especially tools.
The engineering page on Wikipedia describes Mechanical Engineering as, “The design of physical or mechanical systems, such as power and energy systems, aerospace/aircraft products, weapon systems, transportation products, engines, compressors, power trains, kinematic chains, vacuum technology and vibration isolation equipment.”
By that definition all power equipment (pretty much) falls under the realm of mechanical engineers – power washers, sump pumps, electric generators and pretty much all the other outdoor lawn and garden tools we know and love.
Let’s take a look at each one of those linked to pieces of equipment and explain how a mechanical engineer is involved.
When it comes to the biggest power washers the mech eng would source all the parts with the required specs from different catalogs. If the spec was to have a 4000 PSI 4 GPM washer then the mech would work backwards to get that. First what size pump is required? Then, what motor/engine is required for that pump to get that PSI? And so on down the line. The reason a mech would do this and not an electrical is because a mech would know about the pump and engine more than any other engineer.
When it comes to engineering sump pumps the mechanical engineer would do so from the ground up. From the material used to the valves required to operate. Pump design and manufacturing is actually a third year level class and could be a job for an entry level engineer with some senior guidance.
Some would say the electric generator is under electrical engineering, which it is. But it also has components of the mechanical engineer. A “switched on” mech eng will have the electrical prowess to design one on their own.
Along with those pieces of power equipment the mech eng will be involved in designing and creating conveyor belt systems, mining equipment, chain saws and all sorts of custom gear.