Shift In The Mechanical Industry

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Through my research over the past few weeks, I have learned a great deal about the mechanical industry, and how ever-changing it has become. One major aspect that stuck out to me in my research was the recent shift to automation in the mechanical industries in the past decade. More and more manufacturing companies are focusing more workload on machines and replacing the traditional human workers on assembly lines. Is this shift to robots more beneficial to companies? How does this effect the economy if thousands of workers are being put out of the job? How will this affect the job requirements of a mechanical engineer? Will engineers have to be tailored to more computer science and programming? Taking in all the information from the various …show more content…
For my research, there were two clear sides to the argument: people that supported the replacement of human workers with machines, and people who strongly disagreed with the automatized shift, and did not want machines to take over the industrial assembly systems. Based on numerous sources found in my research, people who support the robotic shift bring up points of higher production rate, efficiency, accuracy, dependability, and a more economical investment for the company; all from the replacement of human workers with machines. However, based on other credible information, people argue that human workers provide more attention to detail, allowing the company to sell their products as “hand crafted”, and humans are able to learn material and techniques faster than robots that need to be programed. Then, I will use other sources that support my claim that mechanical industries should incorporate the work of both humans and robots, allowing the company to provide more products to consumers while maintaining “hand crafted” …show more content…
Company owners are going to value money more than anything else, so it is important to incorporate many ideas of how my claim can improve numerous aspects of assembly, and therefore improve profits for the company owner. A mechanical engineer is going to value their job more than anything, so I will incorporate ways of how my claim can improve their job, and how their job may change due to the shift. As my intended major is mechanical engineering, it is important for me to research problems in mechanical engineering field, because these might be the problems I will face in the future, so it is important for me to not only be aware of the problems, but what I should do now to prepare for them. As of now, I think the most effective genre to argue and address my claim would be a traditional research paper, allowing me ample space to incorporate numerous sources and information to elaborate on my claim, and help to develop it

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