Careers and Outcomes

What do mechanical engineers do?

As a mechanical engineer you will be concerned with the conversion and transfer of energy from one form to another; with the design, construction and operation of all types of machines; and with the selection and design of instrumentation and systems for the control of all types of physical and environmental systems.

You may design products and manufacturing processes, supervise production methods and operations, design and supervise fabrication and testing of individual machines and complete plants, or be involved in applied or basic research.

Building your knowledge

In your first few semesters as a mechanical engineering student, you will develop a sound background in the fundamental sciences of mathematics, physics, and chemistry, and you will take a broad selection of liberal arts courses.

You will also learn to work with computers. Onto this foundation you will add the basic required courses of engineering sciences and technology including stress analysis, machine design, machine dynamics, electricity, electronics, control theory, thermodynamics, heat transfer, energy conversion, fluid mechanics, computer-aided engineering (CAE), and computer-aided design (CAD).

To provide some degree of specialization for those students who are interested in a particular area of mechanical engineering, there are nine hours of technical electives that you can select to concentrate in an emphasis area (such as robotics, manufacturing automation, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, dynamics and controls, solid mechanics, vibrations and design). If you are interested in getting some background in a closely allied field such as aerospace, petroleum, or nuclear engineering, you can, with the aid of your advisor, select some of your desired technical electives in those fields.