Design devices, systems, components, and processes that help solve today's biggest challenges in healthcare, transportation, world hunger, climate change, and more. At Michigan Tech, gain the skill set necessary for driving technological innovation.
Michigan Tech has a long-standing reputation of offering unparalleled excellence in mechanical engineering education. That includes digital mechanical engineering—big data, AI, machine learning, and industry 4.0 principles.
You'll challenge yourself in a highly collaborative environment, embracing hands-on, project-based opportunities. Even in the midst of change, you'll be ready on day one. A bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Tech prepares you to create a better tomorrow.
2student-built satellites launched into space (plus two more now in the works)
50,000+square feet of labs and computer centers
8thlargest BSME enrollment in the US
Tomorrow Needs Mechanical Engineering in Motion
As a mechanical engineer you will apply the principles of motion, energy, force, and materials to design products that are safe, efficient, reliable, and cost-effective. In addition to design, you could work in research and development, testing, or manufacturing. Mechanical engineers work in diverse areas, including the aerospace, automotive, biomedical, chemical, computer, communications, nanotechnology, and power-generation industries.
As a mechanical engineer, determine the direction of your career. Pathways are far-reaching and include:
- Developing a safe and reliable autonomous vehicle
- Using machine learning to make cooling systems more affordable and sustainable
- Designing advanced nanosatellites smaller than a deck of cards
- 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
Engineering Enterprise Concentration
Pursue an Enterprise concentration as part of your degree by taking part in Michigan Tech's award-winning Enterprise Program. It's a great way to enhance your undergraduate degree with client-based teamwork. 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 any one of 20-plus Enterprise teams on campus to invent products, provide services, and pioneer solutions. Apply the skills learned in your major and gain some valuable new skills. 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.
The aerospace engineering minor is most suitable for undergraduate mechanical engineering majors and pairs with Aerospace Enterprise. Gain a background for careers in aerospace engineering through coursework in structures, materials, gas dynamics, space science, and orbital mechanics.
When you graduate with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Tech, you'll be well prepared to transition directly to an entry-level job in industry. Our degree provides excellent preparation for law school, as well. An advanced degree is desirable for mechanical engineering research positions. Considering an advanced degree? Explore our graduate education options.
Career Opportunities for Forward-thinking 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