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Mechanical Engineer Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Mechanical Engineer interview, here are 37 interview questions and answer examples.

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You're asked to take the design for a load-bearing steel plate and create an aluminum design that can withstand the same load. What design considerations would you keep in mind?

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This question is being asked to gauge knowledge in material selection as it pertains to machine design. In material science, strength refers to the resistance to deformation when a load is applied. Steels are generally stronger than aluminum alloys, so one important change is that an aluminum plate would need to be thicker in order to handle the same load. This is a fairly open-ended question, so you can be creative in your response and draw upon many different material properties. These may include machinability, hardness, corrosion resistance, weldability, density, cost, or malleability.

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List of 37 Mechanical Engineer Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1.

    You're asked to take the design for a load-bearing steel plate and create an aluminum design that can withstand the same load. What design considerations would you keep in mind?

      How to Answer

      This question is being asked to gauge knowledge in material selection as it pertains to machine design. In material science, strength refers to the resistance to deformation when a load is applied. Steels are generally stronger than aluminum alloys, so one important change is that an aluminum plate would need to be thicker in order to handle the same load. This is a fairly open-ended question, so you can be creative in your response and draw upon many different material properties. These may include machinability, hardness, corrosion resistance, weldability, density, cost, or malleability.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I know that aluminum has a Young's Modulus that is roughly one third that of steel, and is also roughly three times less dense. Due to the difference in strength between the two materials, the aluminum plate would need to be thicker in order to bear the same load. This may result in a more expensive part, especially to optimize thickness with higher strength alloys that are more energy-intensive to produce. I also know that aluminum is difficult to weld when compared to steel, so I would use fasteners or rivets in the design unless welding was absolutely necessary."

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  • 2.

    What types of standard views do you include in a drawing for manufacture?

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      This question is typically asked for roles in manufacturing or design, where you may be asked to create or interpret technical drawings as part of your role. Manufacturing drawings are a type of technical drawing utilized to communicate how a part is manufactured. There are three standard views included in manufacturing drawings: top, front, and side. Be sure to include some additional detail in your answer to communicate your experience in this subject to the interviewer.

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      "If I were preparing a drawing for manufacture, then I would make sure to include a top, front, and side view. This is because these views communicate the dimensions of a part to a manufacturer. Additionally, I would include an isometric view to give additional perspective on what the part will look like once it is made. I know that sometimes only critical dimensions are listed if a CAD file is included, which may depend on the vendor's requirements or the type of part being manufactured."

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  • 3.

    What is the difference between an interference fit and a clearance fit, and when might you use them?

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      Your interviewer will likely ask you knowledge-based questions to understand how well you are able to explain concepts to others. Be prepared for questions like this one by practicing a few possibilities ahead of time. In this case, press fits and clearance fits are types of engineering fits that generally refer to the sizing of a hole and a shaft in General Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T). This is a system for defining and communicating tolerances with two main regulating bodies: International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Interference fits are in both systems, but clearance fits in the ANSI system are referred to as running or sliding fits (RC). An interference fit generally describes a shaft that is oversized relative to the hole, and therefore requires some considerable force to assemble. An RC or clearance fit is one where the shaft is smaller than the hole, enabling the two to slide or rotate when assembled.

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      1st Answer Example

      "Both interference fits and clearance fits are types of sizing tolerances applied to a hole and a shaft. An interference fit describes a shaft that is oversized relative to the hole, whereas a clearance fit describes a shaft that is undersized relative to the hole. I would use an interference fit to permanently attach two parts that I do not want to separate, such as a ball bearing with an interference fit between a shaft and inner race. I know that sometimes these parts are heated and cooled in order to assemble without excessive force applied. I would use a clearance fit when I want two parts to be able to move or spin freely, such as the inside of a door hinge."

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    Why are screws generally not ideal for location in fixture design? What is a better way to do it?

      How to Answer

      Your interviewer will likely ask you knowledge-based questions to understand how well you are able to explain concepts to others. Be prepared for questions like this one by practicing a few possibilities ahead of time. In this case, fixtures are generally responsible for locating parts in three dimensional space in addition to providing clamping force to secure the part. Parts can generally move or rotate in one of twelve degrees of freedom. These come from rotation or translation on the X, Y, and Z axes. Screws are not ideal for location because they have relatively loose tolerances, allowing the part to vary in location slightly every time it is installed. A better way is to use dowel pins, which are tightly-machined cylinders that are usually pressed into one end with an interference fit and slid into the other end with a clearance fit or location fit.

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    In CAD Design, what is 'surface modeling,' and what makes it different from 'solid modeling?'

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      If you are a candidate for a design role, or a position where Computer Aided Design (CAD) software will be used, you may be asked about your experience working with different modeling methods. Surface modeling and solid modeling are two different techniques used in CAD work, with the difference being whether or not you are creating surfaces or solids. Surfaces have no thickness, and were developed for the automotive and aerospace industries for contoured parts such as turbine blades and car bodies. Solid models have a thickness to them, and they are used for general manufacturing of parts like engine blocks, machine shafts and gears. When these methods are used together, they are known as hybrid modeling; they can be used to create intricate parts with the added capabilities of surface modeling.

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    What does 'parametric' refer with regards to 3D modeling software?

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      If you are a candidate for a design role, then this question may be asked to gauge your familiarity with different types of Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. Parametric modeling is a popular type of modeling within the engineering world, and it describes software that defines geometry with a series of relationships (or parameters). It is similar to drawing shapes in Microsoft Powerpoint in that they can be changed at any point in the process, whereas direct modeling is more like drawing in Microsoft Paint. Once you lay down a layer, it is fixed and can only be erased or drawn over. Direct modeling is often more simple and intuitive in the earlier phases of design, but it can be more time consuming to modify as the design progresses.

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    What is the difference between 'top-down' and 'bottom-up' design?

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      Your interviewer will likely ask you knowledge-based questions to understand how well you are able to explain concepts to others. Be prepared for questions like this one by practicing a few possibilities ahead of time. In this case, top-down and bottom-up are different ways to approach information processing and are typically used as design methodologies. You may be asked this question if you are working in product development. Top-down design starts with a higher level system view that is slowly broken down into subsystems. Bottom-up design starts at the subsystem or component level and builds up from there. It's often useful to relate this to a real-world design problem.

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    You're inspecting the surface of a machined steel plate to make sure it is within 0.005 inches of flatness across its surface. What does flatness refer to, and how do you measure it?

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      Your interviewer will likely ask you situation- and knowledge-based questions to understand how well you are able to explain concepts to others. Be prepared for questions like this one by practicing a few possibilities ahead of time. In this case, flatness refers to a type of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) callout. This is a specific parameter that refers to the distance between two parallel planes that define a surface profile. It's a measurement of how flat a surface is relative to its own shape, and it doesn't require a reference plane or datum (unlike the GD&T parallelism callout). Therefore, the part must be secured such that the measuring tool is parallel to the nominal surface measurement. Measuring profiles that are not nominally flat can usually be done with a computer-controlled probe on a machine called a CMM, which compares the probe measurements to a 3D Model to measure the variation of the surface profile.

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    What does 'circularity' refer to?

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      Your interviewer will likely ask you knowledge-based questions to understand how well you are able to explain concepts to others. Be prepared for questions like this one by practicing a few possibilities ahead of time. In this case, circularity refers to a type of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) callout. It describes how close an object's surface is to a true circle. It's also sometimes called roundness. Its value corresponds to the distance between two concentric circles that contain the deviation of a 2D profile or cross section. The three-dimensional version is referred to as cylindricity. GD&T callouts like this are very useful when communicating designs to manufacturers, and knowing them well can help you stand out in a mechanical engineering interview.

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    What is the difference between stainless steel and tool steel?

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      Your interviewer will likely ask you knowledge-based questions to understand how well you are able to explain concepts to others. Be prepared for questions like this one by practicing a few possibilities ahead of time. This question is asking about what makes stainless steel unique among steels, specifically in contrast with tool steel. Stainless steel is known for its resistance to rust or corrosion, and it is generally classified by having at least 11% of the element chromium (Cr) in its chemical composition. In contrast, tool steels are known for their hardness, or their ability to resist deformation. Like their name, tool steels are typically used to make tools, and are characterized by their carbon content, typically between 0.5% and 1.5% by weight.

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    How would you define a simple machine? What is an example?

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      Your interviewer will likely ask you knowledge-based questions to understand how well you are able to explain concepts to others. Be prepared for questions like this one by practicing a few possibilities ahead of time. In this case, a machine is any device that changes the direction or magnitude of a force applied, and a simple machine is the simplest possible design required to create that change. There are six classical examples of simple machines: lever, wheel and axle, pulley, inclined plane, wedge, and screw.

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    What is the 'Young's Modulus' of a material?

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      Your interviewer will likely ask you knowledge-based questions to understand how well you are able to explain concepts to others. Be prepared for questions like this one by practicing a few possibilities ahead of time. This is a fairly straightforward question regarding material properties. Young's Modulus, also referred to as the Modulus of Elasticity, is a measurement of the stiffness of a material. It defines the relationship between the deformation a material experiences (strain) to the force applied per unit area (stress). Young's Modulus can also be described as the slope of the linear portion of a stress-strain curve, and is very useful for predicting the amount that a designed part or assembly will deform when subjected to a given load.

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    What does 'cold working' refer to? What effect does this have on a material's properties?

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      Your interviewer will likely ask you knowledge-based questions to understand how well you are able to explain concepts to others. Be prepared for questions like this one by practicing a few possibilities ahead of time. In this case, cold working refers to processing a metal below its recrystallization temperature, which is usually one-third to one-half of the melting point. To do so, a high amount of pressure is applied in one of four general categories: squeezing, bending, shearing, and drawing. Doing so generally improves a material's tensile strength while reducing its ability to deform without breaking, also known as ductility. It can also be a way to shape metals into plates, sheets, and rods that are then used in manufacturing processes like machining.

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    What is the difference between an end-mill and a drill-bit?

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      This is a common question to gauge a candidate's familiarity with machine shop equipment. Specifically, the milling machine, which is one of the most ubiquitous examples of machining equipment. An end-mill is a general term for a milling tool, and it differs from a drill-bit in its ability to cut in the radial direction and not just axially. The term 'end-mill' comes from the way the tool often ends in a flat, unlike drill bits which taper to points that allow them to bore into material more easily. Some end-mills are center cutting, which allows them to plunge into material like a drill-bit in addition to radial cutting.

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    Why are sharp corners on internal geometry very difficult to machine?

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      This is a question that is often asked to gauge whether or not the candidate understands how to design parts for machining operations. Consider a case where you have designed a perfectly rectangular slot inside a block of steel. Because most basic cutting tools are round, it will not be able to leave a corner that is sharper than the radius of the tool itself. Special tools and processes are needed to create sharp corners, and internal features are much simpler to produce if they do not have sharp corners. Another option is an undercut, which extends the cut by one-half of the tool's diameter to create a pocket for a square part to fit in.

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    You're designing a machined cylindrical part that is 0.525 inches in diameter with a 1/4 -20 threaded hole in its center. What shop equipment would you most likely use to manufacture this?

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      This question would be asked to gauge a candidate's experience with machining operations, which are largely handled on either a milling machine or a lathe. Lathe operations involve securing and rotating the part being worked on and positioning a cutting tool to remove material from the part. Lathes are ideal for cylindrical parts, but they can also be produced on computer-controlled (CNC) milling machines. Another aspect of this question involves the threaded hole, which is created using a tap. A tap is used to create female threads on the inside of parts, and 1/4 -20 (pronounced quarter-twenty) refers to the diameter and pitch of the screw threads.

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    How are LEGO bricks made?

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      During an engineering interview, you may be asked to explain how a particular product is made. This type of question tests a candidate's manufacturing knowledge, as well as your ability to communicate the steps required in the process. In the case of LEGOs, they are a well-known example of the manufacturing process known as injection molding. This involves starting with stock of plastic material in pellet form, then using high pressure and temperature to melt and inject it into a mold. Once the plastic part is formed inside the mold cavity, cylindrical rods known as ejector pins are used to knock it out, where it cools until it is ready for use.

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    What does 'draft' refer to in Injection Molding?

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      Your interviewer will likely ask you knowledge-based questions to understand how well you are able to explain concepts to others. Be prepared for questions like this one by practicing a few possibilities ahead of time. In this case, injection molding is a process that involves heating and pressurizing a plastic material until it is molten, and injecting it into a steel mold with a cavity in the shape of the desired part. There are two sides to the mold, and a common issue is that parts get stuck when the mold is separating. Draft describes the practice of adding an angle or taper to the walls of the mold so that the part is less likely to get stuck. For example, the body of a plastic BIC lighter is more narrow at the top of the lighter and wider at the bottom, which allows it to be made at high volumes via the injection molding process.

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    If you were looking for defects in an injection molded part, what would you look for?

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      Your interviewer will likely ask you situation- and knowledge-based questions to understand how well you are able to explain concepts to others. Be prepared for questions like this one by practicing a few possibilities ahead of time. This question is asking about your familiarity with injection molding, specifically what types of issues you might see in the parts produced by this process. Injection molding involves molten plastic that is pressurized and injected into a metal tool with a cavity in the shape of the desired part geometry. As the plastic flows through the mold, it will flow faster in some areas and slower in others. These can lead to defects such as drag, flash, and knit lines. This can be avoided by adjusting the wall thickness of the tool or by utilizing post-processing methods such as trimming the excess plastic that occurs at the separation lines (flash).

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    How would you calculate the number of manholes in New York City?

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      In mechanical engineering interviews, you'll occasionally be asked a more abstract question that is difficult to prepare for on the spot. In general, the interviewer is more interested in understanding your thought process than getting a perfect answer. It is often impossible to solve these questions directly. In this case, start by establishing a strategy and naming your assumptions along the way. After the approach is defined, make an educated guess on what the answer is.

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    Where do you see yourself going in your career, and how will this role help you get there?

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      Engineers are often asked these questions to gauge whether or not the position is a long term fit. It's okay if you don't have a detailed plan, just be honest and keep it simple. This is a great opportunity to highlight aspects of the role that interest you. When preparing a response to this question, be sure to paint a picture that allows the interviewer to see how you both mutually benefit from having you in this position.

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    What do you know about our company?

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      This is often a question asked early in an interview to gauge familiarity with the company, and also as a way to see if the interviewee has done any background research into the company or their work product. Engineers are expected to have a high-level understanding of the business they work for, but you don't need to have encyclopedic knowledge at the interview stage. When preparing for this sort of question, take a look over their website and additional online presence, including any recent headlines or relevant information.

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    What interests you about working for our company?

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      This question is very common in Mechanical Engineering interviews. Engineers often work in roles where they have a high impact on the company's success, so the company wants to know that you're invested in their success as well. An effective answer will touch upon your interest in the company while also highlighting how you can contribute as a potential hire.

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    What is your ideal work environment?

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      As a Mechanical Engineer, there are a variety of possible work environments. You may find yourself working in an office, a manufacturing plant, a machine shop, or a research lab. Work environment also involves other attributes, such as the team, work culture, or the resources available at the company. It's useful to consider what you've read or learned about the position thus far to include in your answer.

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    Can you tell me about a project you've worked on?

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      Often interviewers will ask Mechanical Engineers to walk them through a project or problem that they've worked on before. They might frame the question in a way to focus on a specific type of problem. Choose a project you are confident about and remember well in case the interviewer decides to ask follow up questions. It's often useful to outline the task, then discuss your process, and finally present the result. It's okay if the project did not succeed - the most important thing is what you contributed and how you learned from the experience.

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    What types of manufacturing technologies have you worked with?

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      If you are interviewing for a Design role, then you'll likely be asked about your experience with manufacturing. In Mechanical Engineering, this is often a combination of software experience (such as CAD) as well as direct or tangential experience working with a given manufacturing method. They may ask you specifically about the type of skill for which they are looking. If you have direct experience, then it is useful to start with that.

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    What is your 'shop' experience?

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      These types of questions are more common for roles where operating equipment is a central part of the job. It's important to recognize that your answer will be interpreted in the context of what the hiring manager is looking for, so be sure to research the team and position ahead of the interview. You can also use this opportunity to help shape a story about your professional journey. If you don't have considerable experience yet, then take some time to prepare any relevant, transferrable experience you do have.

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  • 28.

    How would you describe your communication style?

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      Good communication is highly sought-after across career paths. In this case, successful engineers must be able to communicate their ideas clearly and effectively in addition to working well with others. Focus on highlighting your strengths, drawing from examples in your professional career thus far. It can also be helpful to more specifically speak to your written and verbal communication so your interviewer has a more detailed picture.

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    Why did you become a mechanical engineer?

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      You will likely be asked a variation of this question in addition to 'tell me about yourself.' A successful answer will highlight your personal story in addition to your technical aptitude, as both are important to communicate to a potential employer. Be honest, and keep the story simple. You do not have to tell your entire life story, but do be prepared to explain in more detail in case the interviewer has a follow-up question.

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    What is a free-body diagram? When would you use one?

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      Your interviewer will likely ask you knowledge-based questions to understand how well you are able to explain concepts to others. Be prepared for questions like this one by practicing a few possibilities ahead of time. In this case, free-body diagrams are taught in most introductory physics classes, and this question is sometimes asked as a starting point for further technical questions. You may be asked to draw one or simply describe what they are. Make sure to label gravitational force, normal force, frictional force, and any external forces applied to the body in question. You may also be asked to use a free-body diagram in the context of a real-world problem.

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    What are the phases of the Carnot cycle?

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      Your interviewer will likely ask you knowledge-based questions to understand how well you are able to explain concepts to others. Be prepared for questions like this one by practicing a few possibilities ahead of time. In this case, the Carnot cycle generally describes the conversion of heat into work via four ideal thermodynamic phases. It is most often used in relation to an engine, specifically an internal combustion engine. However, it can also be applied to refrigeration systems. The cycle consists of two phases of compression and two phases of expansion, one of which is isothermal (same temperature) while the other is adiabatic (no heat transfer) and reversible (no friction). This question may be asked to gauge your familiarity with thermodynamics, which may or may not be directly relevant for the role.

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    What is a Factor of Safety (FoS), and when would you use it?

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      Your interviewer will likely ask you knowledge-based questions to understand how well you are able to explain concepts to others. Be prepared for questions like this one by practicing a few possibilities ahead of time. In this case, a Factor of Safety (FoS) expresses the degree to which a system is reinforced to avoid failure at a given load. In order to have a Factor of Safety, a system must be able to have a determinable failure point as well as nominal load. For example, a steel walkway with a FoS of 4 means that it is designed to withstand quadruple the nominal load without breaking. Using a FoS may be a legal requirement in some industries, typically when the failure of a machine would cause loss of life or injury.

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    What is the difference between static friction and kinetic friction?

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      Your interviewer will likely ask you knowledge-based questions to understand how well you are able to explain concepts to others. Be prepared for questions like this one by practicing a few possibilities ahead of time. In this case, static friction describes friction between two solid objects that are not moving relative to each other. If you park your car on a hill, static friction can prevent it from rolling down the hill, even though there aren't any moving components. This is different from kinetic friction, which typically describes the friction between two objects that are moving relative to each other. Static friction is typically higher than kinetic friction, but this is not always the case.

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    How would you calculate the maximum deflection of a cantilevered beam?

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      This question is asked to gauge whether or not the interviewee is familiar with Euler-Bernoulli beam theory, which is typically covered in the first years of engineering school. A cantilevered beam refers to a structure that is fixed on one end and allowed to flex or bend on the other end, like a diving board at a swimming pool. You can calculate the deflection using the force applied (F), the length of the beam (L), the elastic modulus of the material (E), and the cross sectional area moment of inertia (I). The specific equation is (FL^3)/(3EI).

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    You have a lever that must lift 50 pounds. The lever is 1 foot long with a fulcrum point 4 inches from the right side, which must supply the lifting force. How much force needs to be applied to the left-hand side? What mechanical advantage is this?

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      Your interviewer will likely ask you situation- and knowledge-based questions to understand how well you are able to explain concepts to others. Be prepared for questions like this one by practicing a few possibilities ahead of time. This question describes a lever, which is a type of simple machine that creates mechanical advantage. The amount of mechanical advantage depends on the location of the fulcrum or rotation point. In this case, the fulcrum is 4 inches from the right side of a 12 inch lever, so it is 8 inches away from the left-hand side. The equation for a lever system is F1D1 = F2D2, which states that the forces applied on the left-hand and right-hand side are equal when multiplied by their respective distance from the fulcrum. Mechanical advantage can be determined by dividing the applied load on the right-hand side by the force applied to the left-hand side to find the amplification of the force.

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    A gear rotates at 5 rpm and interfaces with a smaller gear in a 10:1 ratio. How fast does the second gear spin? If the first gear applies 10N*m of torque, then what does the second gear experience?

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      Your interviewer will likely ask you situation- and knowledge-based questions to understand how well you are able to explain concepts to others. Be prepared for questions like this one by practicing a few possibilities ahead of time. In this case, gears are elements of power transmission systems that involve rotating elements with teeth that mesh together. If the gears are different diameters, then the two gears will experience different amounts of torque and will spin at different speeds. The key to solving this is to remember that rotational speed is inversely proportional to gear ratio, whereas torque has the opposite relationship (proportional). A smaller gear coupled with a larger gear will spin faster but carry a smaller rotational force.

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    A force of 5 N compresses two identical springs in series by 10 cm. What will be the total distance that the same springs in parallel are compressed?

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      Your interviewer will likely ask you situation- and knowledge-based questions to understand how well you are able to explain concepts to others. Be prepared for questions like this one by practicing a few possibilities ahead of time. In this case, springs can be generally described by Hooke's law (F = kx), which states that the amount of distance extended or compressed in a spring is proportional to the force applied by a spring constant (k). This question can be solved by using the effective spring constant, which is the sum of the individual spring constants in series, and the sum of their reciprocals in parallel. The springs are identical and thus have the same spring constant, which simplifies to k_eq = 2*k in series and k_eq = 2/k in parallel. We observe that the springs in parallel would have an effective spring constant that is half of the effective spring constant in series. Using Hooke's law, we can conclude that they would be compressed by half the distance.

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