The Department of Mechanical
Engineering came into its existence right from the inception of the
then Regional Engineering College Hamirpur (now National Institute
of Technology Hamirpur) in the year 1986 and served as catering
department to other disciplines. The discipline of Mechanical
Engineering started offering undergraduate programme leading to four
year Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) degree in Mechanical
Engineering in the year 1994. The first batch was started with an
intake of 30 students which has now been enhanced to 60 students by
the Ministry of HRD, Government of India from the session 2006-2007.
The department has a separate building housing the various laboratories viz : Strength of Materials, Theory of Machines, Dynamics of Machinery, Mechanical Measurements and Control, Heat Transfer, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Turbo Machines, Production, CAD/CAM, Metrology & Heat Engines, lecture rooms, seminar room, faculty chambers and office. The major advanced equipments available in these labs are: Computerized two stroke petrol engine test rig, Gas analyzer, Vibration exciter, Dynamometer, Four ball tester (computerized), Sound level meter, Hardness tester (Rockwell & Brinell), Impact tester, Sophisticated metrology equipment, FFT analyzer machine condition monitoring equipment, Journal bearing test rig, Refrigeration tutor, Air conditioning tutor, Ice plant tutor, Various hydraulic turbines (Kaplan, Francis, Pelton wheel) and pumps, Centrifugal blower & Heat transfer equipments, Universal Testing Machine (Computerized), Plasma cutting machine, Pollution checking equipments, Projection manometer, Flaw detector, Computerized vertical machining centre, Robot etc. The computer lab of the department is well equipped having PCs of P III and P IV configuration, Printers, scanner facilities and engineering software’s like…NISA FINITE ELEMENT, FLUENT, FLOW LAB and ANSYS ADVANCED MULTIPHYSICS for the use of students and the faculty as well for academic and research purposes. More software’s for CAD/CAM are being procured.
In addition to this the department has a central workshop facility having various shops viz: Machine shop, Turning shop, Carpentry shop, Pattern making shop, Smithy shop, Foundry shop, Sheet metal shop, Fitting shop, Welding and CNC Machine shop well equipped with the basic infrastructure to impart technical training to the students of all disciplines. The workshop has advanced machines also viz: CNC Machining centre, CNC Turning lathe, CNC Train master, Universal milling machine, Gear hobbing machine, Cylindrical grinding machine, Mini portable cupola furnace, Pneumatic hammer, TIG & MIG welding machine, Universal wood working machine, various power operated hand tools, Capstan & production lathes and lathes with digital readout systems to give exposure and training to the students.
The department has started a Postgraduate programme leading to M. Tech. Degree with specialization in “Computational Methods and Experimental Techniques in Fluid Flow & Heat transfer” admitting students from the session 2005-2006 and offering a Ph.D programme in the areas of Design, Thermal, Production/Industrial. Research scholars have registered and are pursuing their Ph.D work. The department has also submitted proposals to start new PG programmes on CAD/CAM and MBA (Industrial Management).
The department has nine faculty and four of them are with Ph.D degrees. Rest of our faculty members possess M. Tech. Degrees and are pursuing their Ph.D. degrees. The faculty members are experienced having expertise in Design/Thermal/Industrial/Production and are engaged in research work in the areas of Solar Energy, Heat Transfer, Material Science, Quality and Reliability, Air pollution control, Tribology and Mechanism Design etc apart from teaching. The faculty members have got projects on MODROBS, TAT and R&D from various funding agencies like MHRD, DST, AICTE and TEQIP. A few more projects proposals have recently been submitted for consideration to these agencies.
Our graduates are well placed through on-campus and off-campus placement and are holding responsible positions in Industries and Research organizations Viz. Hero Honda, Maruti Udyog, NTPC, L&T, ABB, Wipro, Satyam DRDO etc. The campus placement has been nearly 100% for pre final and final years with reputed industries. Department of Mechanical Engineering is alive to the needs of coming times. Accordingly more facilities and expertise are being developed in the areas of Energy, Materials, Reliability, Robotics, CFD, CAD/CAM etc.