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What is 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.

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.

Degree Plan

The Mechanical Engineering program offers one major.

Mechanical Engineering Courses

Courses include:

  • Circuits and Systems
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Thermodynamics I
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Materials Science

See the catalog for a complete list of courses and descriptions:

Career Opportunities

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


Our program in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Learn more about the Mechanical Engineering Program

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