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Is Mechanical Engineering Really Good for Girls?






Is Mechanical Engineering Really Good for Girls???




As I just checked my Shoutbox, I came across the most widely asked question by @Corrine Lovato:

“Hello, I am 4th year High school student. And I'm going to take BS Mechanical Engineering. My problem is, I AM A FEMALE. :3 Did you think guys, it suits me? I DO REALLY REALLY LIKE AND LOVE TO BE A MECHANICAL ENGINEERING SOMEDAY.... Any Advice guys? It may help me :)) Thank you!! Mechanical Engineers and to be Mechanical Engineers.”



This is the most talked about, discussed and opinionated question for every girl who wish to pursue mechanical engineering and also for every parent who is in two minds for a daughter who wishes to pursue mechanical engineering.


As soon as I finished my high school, I strongly wished to pursue “Mechanical Engineering” because I was always curious since my childhood to know how machines work and always in awe with the perfection they delivered the outcome.

I believe, every girl who wishes to pursue this field goes through the following stages:



What Is Mechanical Engineering?


Mechanical Engineering is a discipline in which you ought to learn something from every field of engineering. From the theory of machines to its designing, from electronics to how motors work, from programming to database information retrieval system. If I could sum it all up, I can be a branch which is a Jack of all fields.

Also Mechanical Engineering is a branch where you find the least amount of girls or sometimes none at all!!




Do girls really have to go through the hard labour work while pursuing this course??


During the first two years, you have to complete your workshop duties which include working on lathe machines for manufacturing a component. It always seems tough at first, but it never is. And you always bound to get help from you fellow mates.

But the finishing given to the component is always given the BEST by the girls!!!



How actually is a life as a female mechanical engineer??

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Firstly, you will have very very few female friends. Most of the friends you get from other branches like computers or electronics, whom you get to meet either during lunch time or sometimes not at all!

Secondly, you have no option left than to be with your male classmates. Believe me, male friends are more honest, helpful, selfless and dependable. Especially, the males who wish to uplift women than suppress them. It is always better to be focused and carve your own niche.

Because in the end it’s all about you!!!




Is there any scope for girls in mechanical engineering??

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As I said, in the end it’s all about you. The world is changing and so is mentality of people.

After completion of Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, even being a “female”, I had a host of opportunities to work in well known companies.

You can go for research work, designing, internships, teaching, shop work and anything that matches your interest. Or better you can pursue your higher studies and specialize in it.

Remember :Where there is a will, there is a way!!!



Feel free to comment or ask about any doubts and questions!!

Any suggestions or feedback are also welcome!








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there is nothing like a boy/girl comparison in mecanical engineering.it's all about the interest and passion.anyone can do ,but the jobs you get ,are dirty for sure..hardly matters!!!mech people enjoys that.. :) .good luck with that..work hard,keep rocking.. :)!


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If any girl wants to become a Mech. Engr. then during student life she will not find any problem. But in service life, office job will be best (especially in Govt. or, PSU). Field jobs are not comfortable. But teaching job is a good choice. Now a day there is no gender difference. There are many female (fighter pilots, deck officers and marine engineers). If there is a will, there is a way.

BUT institutes like DAE promote women and top positions of DAE are mostly occupied by Mechanical Engineers!

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The question posed was, "Is mechanical engineering good for girls?" but I would like to take a contrarian position and ask the opposite question, "Are girls good for mechanical engineering?"

I have no doubt that young women are able to complete the educational process and to perform the job (at least some of them are), but are they a good investment of our educational resources?

Most young women will want to marry; it is a natural thing. With marriage come additional family responsibilities, a husband, children, a home to manage. This usually leads to one of two possible ends:

(1) they drop out of engineering completely after a few years; or

(2) they only dabble in engineering, working part time, working things that suit their schedule and other responsibilites, etc.

In contrast, when a man takes a job, as an ME or anything else, he can usually be counted upon to remain on that job, full time, fully committed, indefinitely. He has a wife and family to support, and a career to build. He cannot be casual about his committment to his job and his profession. Why did we spend the educational resources to train the young woman, possibly to the exclusion of a young man, when she is only a temporary/part time engineer?

I am a retired ME professor, and I have seen a fair number of young women come through my classes. Some of them did absolutely brilliantly, but to the best of my knowledge, none of them is a full time practicing engineer today.

I was in contact last summer with a young woman who had been in my classes years ago. She was a star student and has since gone on to complete a PhD in ME. But, she is also a wife and mother. We were discussing working together on a project. She said that she was interested in the project, but not right now. It was summer time, and she wanted to ride her bicycle and play with her kids during the summer. To my mind, she is simply not serious about being an engineer, even though she is extremely bright.

I think there is grave doubt about whether young women belong in engineering of any sort.

I think lot of people thinks like Dr.D, and that's our problem. If he worries about women's distraction caused by household works, why shouldn't his husband take his duty? He also admits women is capable as any men, than why should she take sole responsibility in workspace? It shows how sexual discrimination affects women's career and mind. Then isn't the society take that responsibility for women? It's not about nature or their mind, but only because of social prejudice. Shouldn't we work for environment for equal right for women?

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its does not matter now adays, as we consider female and male with same level.

in mechanical engg at study stage it may be hard to some girls but after completion they have enough choice

you want to be mechanical engineer and you are girl. This is not a problem. This is good for mechanical engineers because we have no doubt that the mechanical engineering is a royal but some people have to say that the girl are not sutable for this trade but i feel that this is completely wrong because girls can do metally everything as like boys.

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Some young lady, whose name I cannot read, said,

"I think lot of people thinks like Dr.D, and that's our problem. If he worries about women's distraction caused by household works, why shouldn't his husband take his duty? He also admits women is capable as any men, than why should she take sole responsibility in workplace? It shows how sexual discrimination affects women's career and mind. Then isn't the society take that responsibility for women? It's not about nature or their mind, but only because of social prejudice. Shouldn't we work for environment for equal right for women?"

Contrary to what this young lady thinks, the problem is not me. The problem is human nature and biology. When young men begin to become pregnant, then maybe she will have a point, but not until that time.

Consider a societal cost-benefit analysis. A particular society has the resources to train 100 new engineers per year. The cost of training 100 new engineers per year is a fixed cost. Training new engineers is vital to the growth, modernization, competitiveness, and strength of the society.

If all 100 slots go to young men, there is a high likelihood that most of them will remain active as engineers within that society for many years to come. Some will, no doubt, leave engineering and go into other areas, but most will remain. For the sake of discussion, let us say that 80 of the 100 will remain in engineering for at least 15 years.

If 50 of the slots go to young men while the other fifty go to young women, then what will happen. In all likelihood, as before, 80% of the young men will remain in engineering to the benefit of society. That is 40 men. I would imagine that 40% of the young women will remain as engineers, which is 20 now middle aged women. So, at the end of the 15 years, we have 40 men and 20 women remaining in engineering.

Which has the greater benefit to the society that paid for their education? The 80 men from the all male enrollment, or the 60 engineers from the mixed enrollment?

Let me close with a personal story, something that actually happened. One of the brightest students I ever taught was a young woman who went on to get a PhD and is now a part-time engineering teacher.  I have stayed in contact with her through the years; she and my daughter were good friends. I corresponded with her about a year and a half ago, and I proposed a joint research project to her. This was in May of that year. Her response was, "Well, maybe later. Right now, it is summer and I want to ride my bicycle and play with my kids." She is not serious about engineering or engineering education.

I know for a fact that she has never held a regular engineering job, and now only teaches part time. She does not need to do more. She is well supported by her husband (a civil engineer) and she prefers to play.

Did I spend my time well, working with her, or would have been better spent helping some young man? I have a number of similar stories.

"The problem" is not me. It is human nature and biology.


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i thought the same... mechanical branch is also opt for girls.. but, myself completed b.tech in 2014 still  didn't find the job.. so many refused to give job.. many ppl said that we are looking for experienced and male candidates only.. i just fed up with all my trials and now simply lost my hope in getting a job in my field..

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Dear Kavya,

I'm sorry that you are having difficulties locating employment. In the USA, in many cases women get preference over men because of our insane "equal opportunity" requirements.

Keep looking; you will find something eventually!


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hehehehehe  mechinical engg is not good only for girls but also for boys because this is the though department as compare to civil and electrical.we choose this department beacuse we have hobby to touch the harder Goal.Proud to be mechinical enginner.and i m not yet complete engineering i m still studying

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Really, Eng. Michael Vegard Berg! You say "... and almost the same body structure." Perhaps you have not thought through the implications of that "slight difference" in body structure. Please take a good look at a girl!

It is a universal fact that men simply do not get pregnant. Check this out, and by all means, tell us of any exceptions you find. Bringing children into the world brings new responsibilities that fall on the woman in ways different from the ways they affect men. Yes, both are affected, but not in the same way. Men do not require maternity leave, they do not suckle babies, and they do not develop the same sort of emotional ties to children (I'm not saying that they have no emotional ties, only that they are different.) Anyone who thinks men and women are biologically equivalent is simply blind!

I stand by my earlier comments in this thread. The cost to society at large is, in most cases, too large when women are educated as engineers.


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Michael, you absolutely astound me! It is evident that you need to have a long talk with your girl friend, your wife, your mother, or perhaps your dad, about the way babies are brought into the world. This board is probably not the best place to get into the details of human anatomy/reproductive biology, but there are details you seem to have clearly missed!!


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Being a mechanical engineer myself I would say that there was nothing which I felt that I couldn't do be it in workshops or classes, the stigma attached to this branch that there is a lot of physical work involved in it , believe me you there is nothing like that.

Never be hesitant in discussing your doubts with your classmates and teachers. Try having as much interaction as you can with your classmates. It will surely make you comfortable in class as well as prepare you for the atmosphere of the core companies.

And the best part of being in mech is you don't have to go through those cat fights 😛.

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On 12/19/2014 at 2:32 AM, DrD said:

The question posed was, "Is mechanical engineering good for girls?" but I would like to take a contrarian position and ask the opposite question, "Are girls good for mechanical engineering?"

Perhaps there is a further contrarian position?

We (men & women) have all seen and suffered the historic consequences of poor work/life balances. Simply because some men focus on their career, almost to the exclusion of their other responsibilities, does not mean their method is the 'correct' action, merely that it is a common method encouraged & perpetuated by employers as it appears to deliver more statistically consistent profitability.

Perhaps, just perhaps, taking time out (as modern parental employment law both allows & encourages allows these days) might reset a male's perspective, re-sharpen resolve or commitment & improve engineering output. Fact is, no one thus far has demonstrated which method is 'best' for engineering.

Contribution, is never measured by the number of hours you are sat at a desk or miles clocked up running around, but by one's output or indeed insight. So, in my opinion, the world of engineering needs good people and their race, colour, creed or gender is irrelevant. Do not dally, just commit and go for it. We welcome all hardworking committed people with open arms.

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