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Mechanical Engineering


Amber McClung, Ph.D., in the Mechanical Engineering lab. Mechanical Engineering is a broad and versatile field. Concerned with the principles of force, energy and motion, mechanical engineers use their knowledge of design, manufacturing and operational processes to advance the world around us.

Mechanical engineers enhance our safety, safeguard our economic vitality and foster enjoyment for all mankind.

Virtually every aspect of life is affected by mechanical engineering. Mechanical engineers are involved in designing and manufacturing items such as athletic equipment, medical devices, power plants, computers, automobiles and engines, aircraft and space shuttles.

Mechanical engineering degree plan

Degree Plan for Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

ABET accreditation criteria – students who complete this program will achieve the following objectives and acquire the following skills:

  • Mechanical engineering program educational objectives

    To educate and train technically competent Engineering graduates who will be able to:

    • Practice engineering in an ethical manner aligned with Marianist values
    • Act in a professional manner and make positive contributions to society.
    • Collaborate and communicate effectively, with an ability to follow, lead, or manage.
    • Become life-long learners in their professions and mentor others.

  • Mechanical engineering student outcomes

    The student outcomes that prepare graduates to attain the program educational objectives are:

    1. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics to real world problems.
    2. Ability to apply knowledge of science to real world problems.
    3. Ability to apply knowledge of engineering to real world problems.
    4. Ability to design and conduct experiments.
    5. Ability to analyze and interpret data.
    6. Ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs.
    7. Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
    8. Ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
    9. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
    10. Ability to communicate effectively.
    11. Broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global societal context.
    12. Recognition of the need for and the ability to engage in lifelong learning.
    13. Knowledge of contemporary issues.
    14. Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.


Spanning multiple industries, the career opportunities for mechanical engineers are numerous, ranging from large multinational corporations to small local companies. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that mechanical engineers will experience faster than average job growth in numerous sectors, particularly energy fields.

Mechanical Engineering career possibilities include:

  • Biomedical science in engineering
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Automotive engineering
  • Nanotechnology
  • Electronics and semiconductors
  • Mechatronics and robotics
  • Renewable and clean energy, biofuels and electrical power
  • Oil and gas producing and refining


Information in the following link pertains to the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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