The History of Mechanical Engineering and How it Moves the World

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Engineers are defined as people that make things. They are the ones that figured out how to make a car, how to fly a plane, how to go to the moon, and how to create intelligent software. Engineers are trained and skilled in the design, construction, and use of engines or machines. A mechanical engineer is involved in the design and construction of power-producing machines. Here at Wyler Industrial, we work for the industrial world and have mechanical engineers in our staff and have frequent contact with them and their machines and/or supplies. So we thought we’d take a look at this amazing profession that powers so much of the world around us.

Mechanical engineering is all about machines, how they function, how they can be improved, and how they can improve work capacity. It involves the principles of physics, engineering, mathematics, and material science to analyze, design, and manufacture mechanical systems.  The industry includes everything from machines, power systems, factory production lines, computers, boilers, and pressure vessels. 

Mechanical Engineering begins when the Industrial Revolution begins. Because as human beings began to depend and look to machines to increase the work output and make production more efficient and reliable, the world of mechanical engineering opened up to incredible possibilities. As we have mentioned in previous blogs, the invention of the steam engine was monumental for the industrial revolution. James Watt is often coined the father of mechanical engineering because it was that particular invention that gave way to many more important developments of the industrial revolution and beyond.  His invention was also central in the development of the profession of mechanical engineering. The steam engine gave way to modes of transportation that included steam locomotives and self-propelled boats. This led to the soon-to-be fast-growing network of railroad tracks, canals. Not long after, the invention of the automobile also created a big demand for mechanical engineers, especially as the auto industry was in its infancy and developing new technologies. 

Mechanical Engineers Join the War Effort

Both in World War I and World War II, mechanical engineers and engineers in general, were very important to the war effort and developing necessary machinery, aircraft, weapons, and more to help win the war. During World War II especially, mechanical engineers contributed to the design and improvement of fighter airplanes, tanks, vehicles, machines, and more. The first computers, developed around this time, were very much mechanical devices with electronics. A lot of these early mechanical computers were funded by military projects that were looking to get an edge on the enemy and figure out firing trajectories of artillery shells. During this time, mechanical engineers worked together to develop the jet engine and space rocket. 

Unforgettable Inventors and Inventions from Mechanical Engineers 

Throughout history, engineers working on developing power machines have had a tremendous impact on our society. Here are just a few notable names and inventions and discoveries in the field of mechanical engineering:

  • Nikola Tesla: Testa is well known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system. He also contributed to radio technologies and is often known as the father of radio. 
  • George Stephenson: This was a British inventor who created the first inner-city railway system. He is known as the father of railways. This, of course, reshaped the transportation industry. 
  • Aurel Stdola: Began the study of thermodynamics and was even a professor of Albert Einstein himself. He most notably invented the first heat pump and contributed to the beginning of steam and gas turbines. 

ASME and ASME Certified Industrial Suppliers 

Here at Wyler Industrial Works, we are an ASME certified Repair Team. What is ASME? It stands for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and is a non-profit membership organization that enables collaboration and knowledge toward the goal of helping the global engineering community. ASME’s mission statement is to advance engineering for the benefit of humanity. When choosing a repair team for your industrial needs, look to Wyler Industrial who is ASME certified. 

ASME has been a leading resource for mechanical engineers for many decades. They publish codes, regulations, changes, and other relevant information for a variety of industries. Their informational publications always are written into state and federal regulations. They have the legendary Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code, where they issued their very detailed first code. 

Get the Right Repair Services With Wyler Industrial 

As an ASME certified repair service, Wyler Industrial will provide high-quality repairs and services for all of your industrial needs. We have been a full-service for the Southwest for over 100 years. After all, we started with a machinist in the 1880s, who owned a bicycle shop that would soon turn into a spare parts store and slowly grew and transformed into what it is today. 

Commercial Gas Line Repair

Commercial gas lines above ground. If you have ever encountered troubles with your commercial gas lines you understand how crucial it is to maintain lines that are in optimal working condition. Troubles with gas lines can be much more serious than other industrial equipment. The safety of your employees and the general public is at hand. It is important to call in professional help to with your commercial gas lines. At Wyler Industrial in El Paso we take your service needs seriously. We have the knowledge and equipment necessary to do the job right the first time.

Gas Leaks are a Serious Matter

Dealing with a gas leak can be a serious problem. A slow leak can be a very dangerous situation for your business. Natural gas is undetectable in its natural form because it has no odor or color. The sulfur like smell is added to the gas as a safety precaution. If you smell the odor and suspect a slow leak be sure to call Wyler Industrial right away. We will conduct a full inspection and locate the problem right away.

Avoid an Emergency

It is best for the safety of you, your employees, and the general public to get the problem taken care of right away. Gas leaks can lead to permanent health issues due to extended exposure. Not only that, if a customer calls emergency responders before you get the issue handled you can end up with the fire department at your business. This could mean operations being shut down and lost business hours.

Leak Detection and Repair

When it comes to finding a leak or other problems with your commercial gas lines you want to be sure to call in the experts. These are not issues to be taken lightly. When you rely on expert services you can rest easy knowing the professionals will have special equipment for finding the leak and the right tools for fixing leaks or any other problems. Our experts at Wyler Industrial in El Paso are experienced in leak detection, leak repair, and piping repair.

Contact Us Today for Commercial Gas Line Repair

If you suspect a slow leak or any other problem with your commercial gas lines be sure to call Wyler Industrial right away. We take your service needs and safety seriously. We provide the professional help to get the problem fixed right the first time. Contact us today for more info.