Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree

Mechanical engineers use their creativity and passion to develop vital solutions. They tackle problems in diverse areas, including energy, mobility, and space exploration. Other areas include health care, hunger, and global warming.

Earn your bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Tech. Our supportive learning environment provides many possibilities for your future. Benefit from individual attention and guidance. Experience hands-on learning in our classrooms and labs. Dive into life-changing projects here at home and around the world.

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Tomorrow Needs Mechanical Engineering

As a mechanical engineer you will design sustainable components, machines, and systems. You’ll analyze your designs using the principles of motion, energy, and force, to ensure safety, efficiency and reliability. You’ll incorporate digital engineering—big data, AI, machine learning, and industry 4.0 principles.

You’ll also design your career. Mechanical engineering pathways are far-reaching, and include:

  • Developing safe and reliable electric and autonomous vehicles 
  • Making cooling systems more affordable and sustainable
  • Building advanced nanosatellites smaller than a deck of cards
  • Inventing an ultrasonic device to protect dolphins from fishing nets
  • Designing a microprobe for use under a scanning electron microscope
  • Creating new materials for prosthetic limbs using nanotechnology
  • Harnessing alternative energy—including solar, wind, hydrogen and ocean waves

At Michigan Tech our strong industry partnerships and programs make all the difference. Collaborate with industry on real engineering problems through Enterprise and Senior Design. Distinguish yourself with industry co-ops and internships. Employers will value your ability to perform on the job from day one.

Engineering Enterprise Concentration

You can pursue an Enterprise concentration by taking part in Michigan Tech's award-winning Enterprise program. It's a great way to enhance your undergraduate degree. Enterprise is when students work in teams on real projects, with real clients, in an environment that's more like a business than a classroom. Choose from among 25 Enterprise teams on campus to invent products, provide services, and pioneer solutions. Tackle real-world design projects for industry sponsors or take part in a national competition (or both). This concentration adds courses in business and entrepreneurship.

Aerospace Engineering Minor

The aerospace engineering minor pairs with Michigan Tech’s award-winning Aerospace Enterprise. Prepare for a career in aerospace engineering through coursework in structures, materials, gas dynamics, space science, and orbital mechanics. Michigan Tech students have 3 student-built satellites. Oculus is now in orbit, launched by the US Department of Defense. Stratus and Auris are now in the works, funded by NASA and the Air Force Research Lab.

My Story: Sophie Bollin, MTUengineer

Michigan Tech was honestly my dream school. I knew I wanted to work in the automotive or related industries and Tech had great opportunities to work in these fields. They also had one of the best mechanical engineering programs, so for me it was a perfect fit.

Sophie Bollin
Sophie Bollin ’24
mechanical engineering

Be Career-Ready

Graduate with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Tech. You will be well prepared to transition to an entry-level job in industry. Our degree provides excellent preparation for graduate school. An advanced degree is desirable for mechanical engineering research positions.

Explore career opportunities for mechanical engineers.

  • Automotive engineer
  • Aerospace engineer
  • Robotics engineer
  • Test design engineer
  • Systems engineer
  • Product engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Controls development engineer
  • Mechanical development engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Service engineer
  • Foundation brake engineer
  • Powertrain engineer
  • Nuclear engineer

$69,148 mean entry-level salary
Figures from, accessed May 2024.

Ready to take the next step?

Learn more about studying mechanical engineering at Michigan's flagship technological university.


Connected, innovative.

Build real skills at Michigan Tech. Become an engineer.

Gain diverse experience.

Engage in design and research.

Leap forward in your program.

Connect with students and industry.

"At Michigan Tech I'm working toward the future that I want."Tyler Strauss, undergraduate mechanical engineering student

Be an MTUengineer

Join the LEAP leaders, wow the elementary students, and attend the AIPG National Conference.

Teach coding and circuitry. Research combustion and nanotechnology. Do a co-op with Kimberly-Clark. Show us how to slurry sand and complete miners training.

Tell us how important wetland mitigation is to you.

This is what we're all about.

Read our student stories.


A Professional Start

Mechanical engineering majors have great peers.

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • MTU Society of Women Engineers
  • Pi Tau Sigma
  • Society of Automotive Engineering
  • Engineers Without Borders

Compete in Enterprise. Be an engineering ambassador.

Begin your networking journey here.

Join clubs and groups.

Beyond Engineering

Engineering majors cultivate their interests and talents at Michigan Tech. Join Superior Wind Symphony, follow military service, and be active in local politics.

Dive into Yucatan Culture.

Attend GeekU.P., become a lifeguard, and do a Canal Run. Be a musher. Set a Guinness World Record. Take part in Parade of Nations.

Let yourself shine.

Go beyond.

The ME–EM Department

  • You will receive personal attention and support necessary for academic success.
  • Get meaningful interactions with instructors in small classes that average 31 students.
  • You will have solid access to equipment in small labs averaging 12 students.
  • Mechanical engineering faculty will teach your classes.
  • Use the same tools as industry uses to test, model, and simulate real world systems in our ME Practice courses.

MTU engineering

Real Engineering. Meaningful Work.

We are committed to inspiring students, advancing knowledge, and innovating technological solutions to create a sustainable, just, and prosperous world. With an entering engineering class of about 1,000 students, 17 degrees to choose from, and 160 faculty in the College of Engineering alone, we provide a world-class education with the trusted reputation of Michigan Tech.

As a student at Michigan Tech you’ll work closely with faculty mentors, immerse yourself in experience-powered learning, and gain a thorough understanding of engineering practice. Collaborate and innovate in laboratories, coursework, Enterprise, and Senior Design—you'll work with industry partners on real engineering projects and develop strong skill sets for your future.

You could study abroad, with engineering opportunities ranging from a few weeks to one full year. Or focus on problems facing disadvantaged communities in countries around the world. Michigan Tech’s Global and Community Engagement program offers you a range of options.

More than 400 employers regularly recruit our students for internships, co-ops, and full-time employment. Engineering students average seven interviews, and 98 percent are employed within their field of study, enlist in the military, or enroll in a graduate school within six months of graduation. A degree in engineering from Michigan Tech can take you anywhere.

Tomorrow Needs You

Engineers do a lot of things, but there's one thing we do first and foremost: we help people. We use creative ideas and technologies to solve problems in health care, energy, transportation, hunger, space exploration, climate change, and more—much more. Become an engineer who is ready for what tomorrow needs.

Student Stories

"My time at Tech not only gave me technical skills, but provided me with opportunities to learn about cross-skill collaboration, project management, leadership, and conflict management—which gave me a significant leg up in my full-time role."Amanda Moya '20, mechanical engineering graduate