Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
If you took your general education classes during the day and took the technical classes during the night — thermodynamics, fluids, vibrations — that would save a couple terms and get you out in the work force faster.– Tom Spendlove Baker instructor, Engineering
In the Mechanical Engineering program, you learn how to apply the fundamentals of engineering science to practical problems using inventive design, analysis and synthesis of mechanical components, systems, and tools.
Graduates will demonstrate: a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering; b) an ability to design and conduct experiments as well as analyze and interpret data; c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability; d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams; e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems; f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility; g) an ability to communicate effectively; h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context; i) a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning; j) a knowledge of contemporary issues; k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice; l) an ability to apply principles of engineering, basic science, and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations) to model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems, components, or processes; m) an ability to work professionally in both thermal and mechanical systems areas.
To complete the program in four years, you may have the opportunity to test out of some beginning courses.
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The Mechanical Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; (410) 347-7700. This program is accredited on the following campus: Flint
- The average annual salary for Mechanical Engineers is $80,580, with starting salaries among the highest of all college graduates.
- Employment growth in Mechanical Engineering is expected to be about 6 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is slower than average. However, Mechanical Engineers have additional opportunities because their skills can often be applied in other engineering specialties.
- A 40-hour week is standard, but occasionally a project deadline may require longer hours.