What is the main role of mechanical engineers in IOT?

Perhaps the alarm clock that makes coffee is one of humanity's most ingenious inventions. We are already waiting for the invention of a teleport that would easily transfer us from bed directly to the workplace. However it might make sense dreaming about the machine that prints money then ;)

IOTs (Internet of things) are being used in more a nd more devices. The washing machine, which knows better how to wash your shirts, the steamer that cooks turkey tastier than your mother (but we won’t tell her about it), the batteries that heat your apartment while you are getting home.

New startups aimed to make our lives easier are created every single day. So what is the role of mechanical engineers in creating all these useful things?

  • IOT devices need firmware, plates, sensors, etc. Combining the principles of engineering physics and mathematics with materials science, mechanical engineers design, analyze and maintain devices that contain IOT.
  • Each IOT device needs a unique structure for perfect installation. Mechanical engineers develop the necessary subcomponents to install the device for diverse applications.
  • Mechanical engineers are responsible for d eveloping hardware that can work under different extreme conditions, such as high temperatures and humidity (as our case - Shower - link), low temperatures, outdoors or in basements. They are also responsible for uninterrupted interaction between hardware and software.
  • An essential mechanic’s work is to make all these devices stable, because most of them will not be replaced as often as a smartphone or PC. For instance, equipment such as Internet-routes, smart thermostats or house cameras/security systems - we do not even think about how they work, we do not check their serviceability or working conditions. We definitely rely on the fact that they are going to be in order for good, preferably without repair and our own participation.

However, it should be noted that cooperation with other engineers is essential if we want to create devices with IOT. These devices depend on software, hardware and machine learning, which together provide effective communication between individual devices and the cloud. That is why the Internet of things’s infrastructure depends on the operation of software, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, materials and mechanical engineering. Accordingly, it is significant for all types of engineers to be in the project from the very beginning, from the moment the idea arises to the production of the final product.

The example of a car can be used to show the cooperation of different types of engineers:

  • Mechanical engineers control the aerodynamics and suspension bracket of the vehicle.
  • Electrical engineers design battery distribution systems.
  • Software engineers (programmers) dev elop programs that control the functions of the dashboard or respond to changing conditions on the road or under the hood.

What are the skills of an IoT engineer?

Knowledge of programming languages: An IoT engineer should have knowledge of programming languages like C, C++, Java, Python, and JavaScript.

Electronics and Electrical Engineering: An Internet of things engineer should have a basic understanding of electronics and electrical engineering, including circuit design, microcontroller programming, and signal processing.

Networking and Communication protocols: An IoT engineers should have a good understanding of networking and communication protocols, including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, and LoRaWAN.

Data Analytics: An IoT engineer should be familiar with data analytics and visualization tools, including databases, SQL, and data visualization tools.

Cloud Computing: An IoT developer should have a good understanding of cloud computing and data storage, including cloud platforms like AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.

Security and Privacy: An IoT engineer should have knowledge of security and privacy concerns in IoT and be able to implement security measures to protect the IoT system from potential threats.

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence : An IoT engineers should have a good understanding of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms for data analysis.

Embedded Systems : An IoT engineer should be familiar with embedded systems and real-time operating systems (RTOS).

Project Management: An Internet of things engineer should have good project management skills to manage complex IoT projects effectively.

Creativity: An IoT engineer should be creative and innovative to come up with new ideas and solutions for IoT system and IoT computer.


What is the future of IoT in mechanical engineering?

The future of IoT in mechanical engineering is full of promise. With the advent of Industry 4.0, mechanical engineering is more integrated with IoT than ever before. IoT engineering has the potential to revolutionise the way mechanical systems are designed, manufactured and maintained.

We may expect a larger number of internet of things jobs to emerge and, accordingly, Internet of things-enabled devices in mechanical systems. This allows these systems to communicate with each other and the cloud, providing valuable data and analytic information that may be used for optimising performance, reduction of downtime and security enhancement.

Additionally, IoT in mechanical engineering will lead to the concept creation of “smart factories”, where everything is interconnected and optimised in order to improve efficiency and productivity. This will result in the creation of new jobs and demand for more qualified Internet of Things engineers (masters in internet of things) capable of developing and maintaining Internet of Things systems in the mechanical engineering industry.

One of the valuable advantages of our company, Embrox, is that we have all types of engineers in our team, who can create a finished product with IOT. You can get acquainted with our cases here.

P.S. Nevertheless, if you have an idea of how to invent a teleport, we are definitely ready to work with you on very favorable terms.