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Niles, Donald E. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Volume 48, Number 3 (November 1943)

Mueller, Bill
[Mechanical engineering],   pp. [12]-13


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             MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
                                            by Bill Mueller, m'44
  The Mechanical Engineering Department is one of the better organized departments
on the campus, having been
in the capable hands of Prof. G. L. Larson, who retired as chairman in 1942.
The department now is under the com-
petent direction of Prof. L. A. Wilson.
  Working with Prof. Wilson are Profs. B. G. Elliott, P. H. Hyland, G. L.
Larson, J. W. McNaul, and D. W. Nel-
son, who not only are well-liked by the M.E.'s but also are capable consulting
engineers. "Gus" Larson was President
of the American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers for some years.
"Ben" Elliott worked on the design of
the Port Washington Power Plant. "Pat" Hyland has written a book
on "Machine Design," in collaboration with
J. B. Kommers of the Mechanics Department, which is used by many of the major
engineering schools in the country,
including West Point.
  The courses taught, with the help of Instructors Bill Feiereisen, J. W.
Medlin, Phil Myers, and E. K. Springer in-
clude Machine Design, Thermodynamics and related courses such as Heat-Power
Equipment and Heat-Power Lab-
oratories, and Power Plant and Manufacturing Plant Design. C. F. Peters and
R. N. Schumann teach the Juniors
rudiments of welding.
  Advanced courses include Heating and Ventilating, Refrigeration, Internal
Combustion Engines, and Air Condi-
tioning. These subjects have been designed to give the student a basis for
more advanced work and specialization in
industry.
  After the Mechanical Engineer graduates, he can go into practically any
field he chooses -Design, Development,
Research, Production, or Sales.
  The Design Engineer is the engineer who spends the major part of his training
on drafting. He must have a work-
ing knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, physics, chemistry, metals, machine
design, and similar subjects. His is an
imaginative mind. He is a planner; he must be able to foresee all problems
which will arise to hinder his design of a
given product. He also must have a knowledge of markets and sales, for if
he designs a product which cannot be sold,
his time has been wasted just as effectively as when his "brain-child"
cannot be machined.
  A Development Engineer is the "handy-man" of the profession.
He is the one who takes the designer's specifica-
tions, builds whatever is called for, and then attempts to iron out all "kinks"
which are in the product. All this be-
fore the article goes into production and on the market, so that the consumer
can be reasonably sure that the product
will work.
  The Research Engineer spends the major part of his time doing research
on new products and processes, or on the
development of new products and processes. He is the real scientist of the
Mechanical Engineers.
  The Production Engineer-who studies Production Methods and Control, and
Time-Study -has charge of produc-
tion. Production Methods and Control entails the issuing of all orders necessary
for production, laying out the se-
quence of machines, processes and operations, assigning time required for
the completion of each process or opera-
tion, starting all operations and processes at the time set and in the manner
planned, insuring that all tools required
are at hand, and collecting all records of performance that are necessary
for the various administrative departments.
  Time-Study Engineers study the times required for various basic motions,
and apply them to various jobs to deter-
mine the time required for completion of the work. The engineer planning
to do time-study must have a scientific,
orderly mind, must be quick and alert; he must be able to interpret data
quickly and accurately, and above all, he
must be able to sell his work to the average workman who usually is suspicious
of and hostile to the work of the time-
study man, and of the man himself. The field is relatively new and offers
many opportunities to the young engineer
meeting the qualifications.
  The Sales Engineer sells the product. He must have a definite knowledge
of the various mechanical aspects of the
product he is selling, plus an understanding of the basic principles involved.
For this reason, the young graduating
engineer will find that the company which employs him will give him a training
program of from one to two years,
during which time he familiarizes himself with the various products manufactured
and sold by the firm so that he can
readily explain and sell the product to prospective customers who themselves
are good engineers.
  The various fields of endeavor for the graduate are many and varied so
that the M.E. graduate can surely find his
place in industry. It is obvious the graduate must have a good background
not only in technical phases of engineer-
ing, but also in non-technical subjects so that he will have a chance to
succeed in the profession. That the Mechanical
Engineering Department and the College of Engineering recognize this is a
well-established fact since the graduates
can receive credit for their work at any college in the country.
A view of the furbosupercharger in the inboard nacelle of a Flying Fortress.
                                       -Courtesy Allis-Chalmers Electrical
Review
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