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Mechanical engineers focus on the analysis, design, automation, fabrication, testing, evaluation, and optimization of mechanical systems. Mechanical engineers are designers and problem solvers who are involved, in some way, with practically everything around us.
Historically, mechanical engineering includes two branches of study. The first deals with heat, fluids, and energy, such as combustion in a rocket engine, the wind and water flow past a racing yacht, or the design of a solar panel for a space station. The second area concerns force and motion in mechanical systems such as determining robot trajectories, analyzing automotive vibration and noise, and computing stress levels in the wings of a new aircraft.
Mechanical engineers are the leading designers of cars and airplanes, jet and rocket engines, robotics, and machinery. They design, build, and maintain machines of all sizes—massive to nano-sized. With this degree, you can work in engineering services, research and development, manufacturing industries, amusement parks, the federal government, and more.
View the mechanical engineering program profile for sample occupations, average salary, and employment projections.
We arm our students with the knowledge and experiences they need to transition from student to professional. Students gain hands-on experience through a variety of community-based programs, service-learning opportunities, internships, and research projects.
We ensure your readiness for the job market by exposing them to multiple hands-on engineering design projects, motivated by industrial applications or scientific research. You will have the opportunity to apply for internship and part-time work experience from local manufacturing companies, businesses, and to participate in international, global learning opportunities by means of study abroad programs. In the past three years, some of our engineering students have studied in Germany and Taiwan.
View Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program information, all degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the Academic Catalog.
If you are a current student and wish to change majors, go to the WINGS Express major/minor change request form and change your major. If you are an undecided/exploratory student, talk to your advisor about majoring in mechanical engineering.
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