Does Mechanical Engineering Require Physical Stamina?

I passed my 12th standard this year itself and want to pursue a career in engineering. I have a strong inclination towards "mechanical engineering". I want to know, is opting for this particular branch not a good option for girls if other branches like electronics and communication, electrical, or computer engineering are also available? Does the job require high physical strength? Because I feel I can handle mental stress but not physical.
posted by Isha , Delhi, India on March 30, 2012

Answer by Dr. Kim Linder

Dear Isha, Good question. Mechanical engineering will not require any more physical strength than any other field of engineering. While you may end up determining the strength of various materials, it will all be on paper (or on a computer) using mathematics and formulas. You may be asked to test some materials in a laboratory, but as with any good engineering experiment, this would be in a very controlled environment requiring no special physical activities. In Mechanical Engineering your studies will range from strength of materials to heat transfer to fluid dynamics. In the profession you can opt to spend more time in the laboratory, or in the field, or more time with a computer (or all three!), either way you will be participating in some fun problem solving. Good luck! -Kim