I need a term that generalizes following areas:

mechanic engineering
but not includes:
gene engineering
drug engineering

Thus, “engineering” does not fit in my case.
I was suggested “technology”. But it was not by native speakers. Thus I would like native speakers to chek or suggest more appropriate word.
Can it be “technical engineering”, “technics”?

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    Can you explain what distinguishes the areas you want to include from the areas you don't want to include? Why are the included ones included? Why are the excluded ones excluded? Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 17:26
  • It looks like the underlying distinction is between physics and biology (biotech). Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 17:32
  • Are these being segregated as topics, as academic disciplines, or as something else? That is, is the intent to separate the technological/scientific disciplines as electrical/mechanical/technological engineering versus biological/chemical/physical engineering?
    – psosuna
    Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 18:37
  • @DJClayworth These are the areas to which the term "engineering" was originally applied (and to other areas that are not included, such as "biological engineering") was extended later. These are the areas where we deal with completely man-made things, not natural things. It is difficult to explain :). In Russian, there is a special word for this. And I don't know if there's a direct analogue in English. Perhaps psosuna's writing is close to my intention.
    – Diusha
    Commented Apr 19, 2018 at 14:24

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Some ideas that may work or may inspire better answers:

  • Non-biochemical engineering
  • Inorganic engineering

The idea here is, very generally speaking, differentiating non-carbon-based vs. carbon-based.

  • Thank you. I seem “Inorganic engineering” fits. But I cannot judge because I am not a native speaker
    – Diusha
    Commented Apr 19, 2018 at 14:24
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    As a native speaker "Inorganic engineering" would be unusual. People would probably ask you what it meant at first, but once it's explained it would probably be easily remembered. Commented Apr 19, 2018 at 14:30
  • @DJClayworth Thank you. And what you can say about "technology"?
    – Diusha
    Commented Apr 20, 2018 at 6:21
  • I would not exclude biological engineering from "technology". But this is an area where people's associations are going to be different. Commented Apr 20, 2018 at 13:09

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