Mechanical Engineering Major

Vehicles for land, sea, air and space are all created by mechanical engineers. Mechanical engineers design the machines that manufacture and package products. Imagine a car that has no shock absorbers, but instead has the capabilities to raise wheel struts in response to changing road conditions. Mechanical engineers will make it possible. They also work with the biomedical industry to create prosthetic limbs and artificial organs, such as the heart. Want to help save whales, dolphins and seals? As a mechanical engineer you could manufacture an ultrasonic device that deters these precious creatures from swimming into fishing nets.

Areas of Concentration

Students majoring in mechanical engineering have the opportunity to concentrate in one of the following areas:

General Mechanical Engineering may be desirable for students preferring the broadest background. The program consists of taking the basic courses required by all mechanical engineering students, and supplementing these courses with a range of technical electives that provide the student with background in key areas in thermal and mechanical systems.

Thermal Sciences deals with the transformation of energy from one form to another, as well as the transmission and use of energy. Areas of interest in thermal sciences include (a) power generation through fossil-fueled steam power plants, and solar energy, as well as design of heat exchangers and boilers, (b) propulsion systems, such as internal-combustion engines, for all types of vehicles, (c) heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, and (d) the environmental effects and control of pollutants produced in these applications.

Mechanical Systems focuses on the synthesis, analysis, and optimization of different types of devices and machines. The scope of problems studied ranges from small individual components to automated factory systems using robots and CNC tools. Designers must use imagination, ingenuity, and good judgement to create workable ideas and transform them into physical realities. Use of modern computational tools such as finite element methods, solid modeling, CAD/CAM packages is emphasized. An understanding of industrial design practices and standards is also required.

Quick Stats

Academic Year 2012-13

Enrollment: 508, Degrees Awarded: 102, Avg. Starting Salary: $58,900

Important Links

Mechanical Engineering Department
Learn about the mechanical engineering faculty, research, news and more.

Curriculum Sheet
Click here to learn about mechanical engineering credit information, prerequisites, requirements and electives.

Undergraduate Bulletin
The undergraduate bulletin provides course descriptions for mechanical engineering courses.

Related Student Organizations
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)


Mechanical Engineering Major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,
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