Becoming an M.E.

Who would make a good engineer?

Creative problem solvers. If you like to solve problems and enjoy the thrill of seeing your ideas become reality, chances are you would enjoy engineering. Of course, mechanical engineering also requires an aptitude for math and science, along with good communication and organization skills. Engineering is one of the most challenging majors on campus. The curriculum is demanding and will force you to stretch yourself.


Our engineering program starts with a basic foundation of math, physics, chemistry and computer science before moving to more advanced engineering topics. The ME program is designed to give students the flexibility to specialize in areas of interest, or even minor in another discipline such as civil or electrical engineering. A relatively large number of elective courses (5) can help you to specialize in a technical area of interest or to pursue a minor. Also, as one of the nation's few land, space, and sea grant institutions, we design our senior projects to address problems of global significance. See Academics.

Where do M.E.'s work?

Some mechanical engineers work in specific fields such as automotive and aerospace industries. Others work in subspecialties spanning numerous industries. Hydraulic and pneumatic engineers work with equipment that employs air or liquid forms of motion and force control and energy conversion. Mechanical engineers are involved with fossil fuel, as well as solar, nuclear, wind, and geothermal energy. They are also heavily involved in ocean engineering, environmental control, and waste disposal and management. Today, mechanical engineers work in areas not traditionally associated with engineering, such as biomechanical engineering, sports equipment design, and physiological systems.

Because of the diversity of the basic subject areas in mechanical engineering, the major offers graduates a wide choice of career fields. Some students choose to go on to graduate school to specialize and obtain advanced degrees in diverse fields such as patent law, bioengineering, aerodynamics, ocean engineering, and management. Many with an entrepreneurial spirit, start their own companies.

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Starting salaries

In the Fall of 2013, Mechanical Engineering Majors were listed as having an average salary offer of $63,900, according to the survey published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).