While the number of jobs for mechanical engineers is expected to grow more slowly than the average of all jobs through 2012, a February 2004 Bureau of Labor Stastics survey predicts the number of jobs available to mechanical engineers in manufacturing industries is expected to increase more rapidly than other occupations, due to an increased demand for machinery. The fields of biotechnology, materials science, and nanotechnology will also have more jobs to offer to mechanical engineers. For more info on mechanical engineering job numbers, visit http://rbi.ims.ca/3852-521.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
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