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Mechanical Engineering—BS

A Nationally Renowned Program

Ranking in the top twenty nationally for the number of degrees awarded for 30 consecutive years, a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Tech will prepare you to create a better tomorrow. Design components, devices, systems, and processes that will help solve today’s biggest challenges in health care, transportation, world hunger, climate change, and more. At Michigan Tech, you will gain the skill set necessary for driving technological innovation.

Mechanical engineers apply the principles of motion, energy, force, and materials to design products that are safe, efficient, reliable, and cost effective. In addition to design, these professionals work in research and development, testing, and manufacturing. Mechanical engineers are suited for employment in diverse areas, including the aerospace, automotive, biomedical, chemical, computer, communications, nanotechnology, and power-generation industries.

As a mechanical engineer, you will determine the direction of your career. Pathways are far-reaching and include:

  • Working with computer software to design and develop new machinery
  •  Studying auto aerodynamics using powerful supercomputers
  •  Inventing an ultrasonic device that deters whales, dolphins, and seals from swimming into fishing nets
  • Designing a rocket engine to withstand the subzero temperatures of outer space
  • Developing a microprobe small enough to dissect a single nerve cell under a microscope
  • Analyzing machinery such as gas turbines, control devices, and jet engines, with the goal of improving performance
  • Designing prostheses or biomedical devices

Unparalleled Undergraduate Opportunities

Research, Facilities, and More

  • Our state-of-the-art facilities allow students to experiment with real-world applications of mechanical engineering theory. Department labs and computer centers occupy over 50,000 square feet and 12 stories in the R. L. Smith ME-EM Building.
  • Undergraduate research opportunities are plentiful. As early as your sophomore year, you can gain valuable experience working with a faculty mentor in diverse research thrust areas, including:
    • Advanced power systems
    • Multi-scale sensors and systems
    • Mechanical engineering education
    • Multidisciplinary engineering/dynamic systems
    • Mechanics of multi-scale materials
    • Space systems
  • Get ready to contribute on the job from day one. Our students benefit from hands-on experiences ranging from Enterprise to Senior Design to internships/co-ops.
  • Opportunities for intercultural exchange abound at Michigan Tech. The Study Abroad Program sends students to countries around the world for stints ranging from two weeks to one year. D80 allows students to apply their engineering skills to the problems facing economically disadvantaged communities.
  • Researchers in our department contribute to the Wood to Wheels project. You might join them on a multidisciplinary team working to optimize engines for the use of ethanol and other biofuels, with the goals of improving efficiency and lowering emissions.
  • Faculty and staff focus on giving students the personal attention and support necessary for not only academic success, but also a positive undergraduate experience overall. Faculty encourage students to take advantage of their open-door policy.
  • We limit our class sizes to allow for maximum student-faculty interaction. The average class size is 31, and the average lab size is 12. Every class in our department is taught by faculty.
  • Our department is consistently ranked in the top nine for total number of BSME degrees granted in the United States.

What career pathways are a good fit for our graduates?

Students who graduate with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering are prepared to transition directly to entry-level jobs in industry; however, an advanced degree is desirable for research positions. Our degree provides excellent preparation for law school. Students interested in a career in academia should explore graduate education options.

Jobs held by our graduates include:

  • Foundation brake engineer
  • Powertrain engineer
  • Motorsports support engineer
  • Nuclear engineer
  • Test design engineer
  • Systems engineer
  • Product engineer
  • Controls development engineer
  • Mechanical development engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Service engineer

Where have our mechanical engineering graduates found employment?

Employers of our graduates include:

  • ArcelorMittal
  • Caterpillar
  • Chrysler
  • Cummins
  • Ford Motor Company
  • GE
  • General Motors
  • Georgia-Pacific
  • GS Engineering
  • Harley-Davidson Motor Company
  • Navistar
  • Nexteer Automotive
  • Polaris Industries
  • Schlumberger

Educational Objectives and Programs Outcomes for the BS in Mechanical Engineering