Mechanical engineering history timeline

Engineering has been an integral factor throughout history, from the first boats to present day projects to improve renewable energy, and a crucial instrument of change and development.

Timelining the major dates and their associated achievements helps us to plot the progress of society, through invention and technical developments.

Hover to the left of images to go backwards, right to go forwards.

Or find out more about our history, the history of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Timeline of mechanical engineering history as a list