About the Major

Mechanical engineering is the broadest specialization within the engineering field. Mechanical engineers design and build tools and equipment. You will conduct research in a variety of areas, from biomechanics, combustion, and computer-aided design to fluid mechanics, robotics, and stress analysis. Mechanical engineering principles are used in the design, development, and production of process of virtually everything.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: creativity, comfort with computer technology, listening skills, math skills, testing and analysis skills, mechanical skills, and problem-solving skills.

Major Possibilities

Sample Coursework

  • Calculus 1, 2, and 3
  • Computer tools for engineering
  • Design of mechanisms
  • Dynamic systems and measurements
  • Mechanics of materials
  • Thermal fluid sciences
  • Heat, electricity, and optics

Possible Careers

  • Automotive engineer
  • HVAC engineer
  • Industrial engineer
  • Quality engineer
  • Product design engineer
  • Robotics engineer

Where could I work?

  • Duke Energy
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Meggit Control System
  • National Satellite Technology Center
  • Rollys-Royce
  • Stanley Security 

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Cluster

This major belongs to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) cluster. The STEM cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in the sciences, technology, engineering, informatics, and computing. The STEM cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools.

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