If your course has lab based elements, you may be required to wear protective clothing, although unless stated in the course details, normal clothes on your first day should be fine.
Will my course be classroom based or practical?
This completely depends on the course you choose. A longer, more in-depth course will cover all the practical elements of mechanical engineering, including engineering processes and techniques and electronic circuit construction, as well as the knowledge that underpins them. On the other hand, shorter courses may just focus on the theory.
Are there lots of exams involved?
Courses that involve a qualification will often have exams, whereas shorter taster courses might not. If it’s not clear in the course description, it might be worth getting in touch with the provider beforehand to avoid any nasty shocks!
Do I need to be able to use CAD software?
Engineers use CAD a lot in their work, so having knowledge of the software might be beneficial when signing up to a course, however a beginner’s mechanical engineering course should cover CAD from a basic level. If you feel you need to brush up your skills beforehand, why not look at the CAD courses listed on the site?
What qualifications do I need to become a mechanical engineer?
Most mechanical engineers will have completed a bachelor of science on a course accredited by the ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) before getting licensed as a professional engineer. Although the courses on Hotcourses may not be degrees, they might help you gain experience and understanding of the industry, as well as giving you the skills needed to get onto a bachelors programme.
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