Mechanical Engineering

Program Overview

Program Overview

If you’re interested in a career providing companies, government agencies, contractors, and institutions with technical expertise in design, production, inspection, and delivery of various mechanical systems that helps people, our mechanical engineering major is a particularly good fit for you. 

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, build, and test mechanical devices, including tools, engines, and complex dynamical systems.

Design is introduced early in the curriculum, and all graduates are expected to be knowledgeable in both the thermal/fluids and the solid mechanics areas of mechanical engineering. Extensive laboratory involvement provides valuable insights into experimental methods and, in some cases, original research.

Mechanical engineering students become proficient in working with computers to produce and analyze designs and simulate and test dynamical systems.

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The curriculum consists of 137 credits, including 101 credits from the major and cognate courses, along with several electives. Students can tailor their course work to fit their individual career goals.

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The degree is highly marketable, with a demand in the workforce that is expected to grow exponentially for the next decade and beyond. According to a 2023 CNBC report, mechanical engineering is No. 9 among “top college degrees that can earn you the highest salaries.” The median salary for a mechanical engineer is $95,000. 

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