All these years, we’ve come across at least a few friends or relatives who were Mechanical Engineers. The first thing that comes to our mind when we hear the word ‘Mechanical’ is Machines. Machines are tools that help make a man’s life easy. Mechanical Engineering is the science of building these machines and in turn simplifying a man’s life.
But wait, doesn’t this article deal with ‘Digital Mechanical Engineers’. Now who are these people?
Digital mechanical engineers are mechanical engineers who are well versed in subjects related to big data analytics. They are mechanical engineers who embrace digital technology and use data analytics to improve efficiency in design and manufacturing.
The digital-mechanical engineer plays a critical role in designing and implementing intelligent devices and systems. The next step for the Industrial Internet is more potent systems for intelligent decision making, ultimately driven by data-driven learning algorithms that monitor operations in the plant. (Source GE)
Now that we know who these people are and what are they responsible for, Let’s understand why pursuing a career as Digital Mechanical Engineers would turn out to be promising…
1) Huge scope for IOT:
The IOT industry is growing at a staggering rate of 20% every year and The global Internet of Things market will grow to $1.7 trillion in 2020 from $655.8 billion in 2014 (source : International Data Corporation ), as more devices come online and a bevy of platforms and services grow up around them. As the Internet of Things ecosystem continues to grow, companies will look to platforms and services that help them manage and analyze the streams of data coming from connected cars, thermostats and smartwatches. This, in turn, means there are immense opportunities for Digital Mechanical engineers, as companies look for ways to process and analyze data from multiple sources in real time.
2) Use of Data Analytics in Manufacturing:
Manufacturing is continuously evolving due to the progress in process and computer technology. The way the terminology of manufacturing has changed over the years, beginning with flexible manufacturing of 1980’s to the digital manufacturing of today, best reflects the changes of manufacturing sector. In fact, the continuous transformation has led to the integration of more sensors which in turn has generated large volumes of data. Such data can serve various purposes- for example, mechanical engineers may improve the reliability of the existing manufacturing processes, predict emerging equipment failures, design next generation of manufacturing equipment, and invent new technologies based on the historical data.
3) The need for intelligent systems in Renewable energy generators:
The Energy Industry is growing at a rapid pace with the need for Alternate energy sources increasing day by day. Moreover, the shift to clean energy is generating a lot of importance these days. Combustion plants and nuclear power facilities are being replaced by dozens to hundreds of wind turbines and solar panels. The current alternate energy options such as Wind Energy, Turbine Energy, Solar Energy, Hydrothermal Energy and other energy generating systems need improvements in costs and designs so that they match the efficiency of fossil fuels. Also, solutions in energy consumption are needed as well.
A combination of design ingenuity, smart materials and smart systems will lead to feasible market solutions, which in turn will create a demand for Digital Mechanical Engineers!