The invention process involves combining materials and processes to invent something new. The mechanical phase controls energy applications, force and motion through mechanical means. Electrical engineers use electricity to power mechanical and electrical devices to make them work. Understanding these concepts is required knowledge for someone who invents mechanical devices.

Inventor Skills

Mathematics, technical and scientific knowledge are necessary skills for an inventor. Both mechanical and electrical engineers training overlap to provide some of this knowledge. Engineering disciplines often meld together to produce an invention.

Mechanical Engineering Courses for Inventors

It is helpful, and in some cases necessary for an inventor to have a mechanical engineering degree depending on the complexity of the project. At the very least, he should have a working knowledge of the engineering concepts that influence the invention he is working on.

Engineering is applied physics and the courses engineers take overlap between various engineering disciplines. To be successful in inventing and engineering, a person should take high school and college courses that are heavy in mathematics and science. Such courses include physics, chemistry, mechanics, fluid mechanics, mechanical design and technical drawing. These are common courses for one to become a mechanical engineer. It’s desirable to have a basic knowledge of electricity, machine shop practices and marketing as well. They take basic math and science courses before they take engineering courses specific to their field. Physics gives a basic electrical understanding which is helpful to mechanical engineers. Thomas Edison is an example of an Thomas Edison(116391)Credit: Thomas Edison - Glühbirne Public Domaininventor who worked in several engineering disciplines to make inventions.

Electrical Engineering Courses for Inventors

Electrical engineering knowledge is necessary for inventors. One of the most famous electrical engineers and inventors was Nikola Tesla. Nikola Tesla was an electrical engineer who developed the Tesla coil. It was the device that improved radio performance. It’s not uncommon for an inventor to develop a deNikola Tesla(116390)Credit: Napoleon Sarony Public Domainvice or procedure which enhances an existing invention.

Electrical engineering is also heavy in mathematics and science courses. The path is the same as the one mechanical engineers take. Students take the same basic courses before moving into their desired specialization. Electrical engineers take specialized courses that teach them devices and electrical circuits, electromagnets, computers and electrical systems and controls.

Engineers in Industry

After receiving a degree, engineers may work in industry. During the course of their normal employment, engineers may discover processes and devices eligible for patents. Most modern companies require employees to sign an agreement that turns over the ownership of discoveries, inventions and patents to the company. This may apply to inventions made by the employee when not at work.