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5 Books for Mechanical engineers to read

You probably must have heard about these sayings and many more regarding books.

A book is a device to light the imagination.

Books are the most loyal and trusted friends you can have.


There's a reason why, even the most successful people on the planet like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet,  Elon Musk, and many more choose to indulge in reading. Also, we cannot stress enough how important reading books are.

So we have researched the internet and have come up with a list of books to read for Mechanical engineers which would help you upgrade your knowledge and skills.

The Mechanical engineering field is getting competitive more than ever. Therefore, to keep yourself above the crowd, you must constantly update and learn new skills.

Some of the books in the list are also available as audiobooks, out of which you can get the first book for Free if you sign up for a free 90 day trial on audible.{alertSuccess}

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5 Books to read for Mechanical engineers

  1. The design of everyday things
  2. Mechatronics: Electronic Control Systems in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.
  3. Engineering for Industrial designers and inventors
  4. The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World
  5. The Lean Startup

#1 The Design of everyday things


Author - Don Norman

This book is regarding the psychology of designing and optimizing the product to make the experience of using it pleasurable. 

The author opens up our imagination and after reading it you won't look at common things like a kettle as you used to. The book would be helpful for students who aspire to make a career in designing.

This book is also recommended by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in their article "3 books all mechanical engineers must read". You can check this article here.

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#2 Mechatronics: Electronic Control Systems in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

Author - William Bolton

Almost all things are being automated and evolved be it your car to the robots in industries - Mechatronics has a hand in them all. Hence, you as a mechanical engineer must upgrade yourself with these emerging trends. 

The integration of electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, control, and computer engineering – Mechatronics – lies at the heart of the countless gadgets, manufacturing processes, and technology without which present-day life would seem impossible. 

#3 Engineering for Industrial designers and inventors

Author - Thomas Ask

If you are a mechanical or production engineer and have a product or design in mind but don't know how to make it a reality, then this book by Thomas Ask can help you. 

This book goes through the process of the role of aesthetics, ethnography, brand management, and material culture in product design.

 Learn the importance of designing functional products that also appeal to users in subtle ways. Also, learn about the human factors of design, such as ergonomics, kinesiology, anthropometry, and biomimicry.

#4 The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World

Author - Simon Winchester            

The revered New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement precision in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future.

The rise of manufacturing could not have happened without an attention to precision. At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in eighteenth-century England, standards of measurement were established, giving way to the development of machine tools and machines that make machines. 

Eventually, the application of precision tools and methods resulted in the creation and mass production of items from guns and glass to mirrors, lenses, and cameras and eventually gave way to further breakthroughs, including gene splicing and microchips.  

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#5 The Lean Startup


Author - Eric Ries

This is a best-selling book recommended by various institutions on entrepreneurship. For engineers looking to start their business or start-ups, this is the book to read. 

But why an entrepreneurship book on this list? 
The answer is that many of us (mechanical engineers) build a really good project but however can't scale it due to lack of entrepreneurial skills and experience. 

This book deals with how can you create a successful start-up and set up your business. 

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