Mechanical Engineering

  • Overview
  • Program Details

img-me-photosEssential to industrial enterprise, mechanical engineering is versatile and continuously evolving. Mechanical engineers use their knowledge of design, energy and materials to ensure that objects function more efficiently to conserve resources.

MSOE offers a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, with options to specialize in mechanical design, energy systems, materials/manufacturing and control systems. Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. As a result, MEs work in a large number of industries, including aerospace, power generation, renewable energy, automation, manufacturing, transportation, building energy supply and medical devices — just to name a few.

At MSOE, the breadth of the ME program is its strength. Students get a wide exposure to the four main areas of ME, with options to specialize in one or more. As a result, students are able to find jobs in a wide variety of industries and positions. ME students use their degrees in medical applications, robotic applications and everything in-between.

The results

The placement rate for MSOE mechanical engineering graduates was 97% in 2013-14, and graduates enjoyed an average starting salary of $57,664.

ME graduates started great careers with companies like:

  • Abbot Laboratories
  • Boeing
  • Carrier Corp.
  • Caterpillar, Inc.
  • Daimler/Chrysler
  • Generac Power Systems
  • GE Healthcare
  • Harley Davidson Motor Co.
  • Honda R&D Americas Inc.
  • Johnson Controls
  • Oshkosh Corp.
  • Rockwell Automation

ME graduates entered graduate programs at universities like:

  • California Institute of Technology
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Notre Dame University
  • Purdue Univeristy
  • Texas A&M

The field

Mechanical engineers (MEs) perform many tasks for many types of businesses. Want to build a robot? MEs do that. Want to build an all-terrain vehicle or a race car? MEs do that. Want to design a wind turbine? MEs do that, too. MEs look at the many parts of an object—a car, for example—and see how all the pieces can function together better to be more efficient and save energy. Since MEs specialize in a wide range of areas, they are employed in a large number of industries. And because MEs work with energy, they have great potential to positively affect the planet in coming years as they develop newer, cleaner means of producing energy.

You may want to consider ME if you …

  • Want to design and improve devices that will make the world a better place
  • Like to take things apart and put them back together
  • Enjoy using math in a practical way to solve problems
  • Have a strong interest in computing, and using computers to solve practical problems
  • Like the mechanics topics (force, motion and energy) in your physics classes

Curriculum Year by Year

At the end of this four-year program, you will know all the fundamentals of engineering and be able to apply them to new situations that arise on the job. You also will be well equipped to pursue graduate school if that is your preference.

Freshman Year

Begin learning about mechanical engineering. Get a broad-based education focused on mathematics, basic sciences and the humanities.

Junior Year

Focus in-depth on each of the three branches of technical specialization: energy systems, materials/manufacturing and mechanical design.

Sophomore Year

Move from the broad-based general education of freshman year to the highly focused mechanical engineering courses through advanced studies in mathematics and science, and a course sequence in engineering mechanics and systems.

Senior Year

Apply what you learned in the first three years to the design of mechanical and thermal systems, with special emphasis on technical electives and the senior design project. This group project puts your knowledge and skills to the test and results in a tangible product you can show potential employers.


This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Read more here.

Program Director

Dr. Christopher Damm

Goals and Objectives

The goals of the Mechanical Engineering program are:

  • to produce mechanical engineering graduates with a strong theoretical and applications background, whose analytical, design and laboratory experiences make them attractive to industry and capable of advanced study in engineering.
  • to produce well-rounded engineers who view engineering as a profession with social and ethical responsibilities.
  • to provide an intimate learning environment, with personal involvement of faculty with significant industrial experience.

Program Educational Objectives

Based on these goals, the educational objectives of the mechanical engineering program are to produce engineering graduates, who, during their professional career, will:

  • use their educations to become productive, contributing professionals in their chosen field.
  • demonstrate initiative in their professional activities.
  • show continued professional development.
  • understand the impact of their professional activities on society.

Student Outcomes

In accordance with the stated program educational objectives, the student outcomes of the program are to produce graduates who have:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of math, engineering, and science.
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, and to analyze and interpret data.
  • an ability to design a system, component or process to meet needs within realistic constraints.
  • the ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • the ability to identify, formulate, and solve mechanical engineering problems.
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • an ability to communicate effectively.
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  • the recognition of need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning.
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • the ability to use techniques, skills, and tools in engineering practice.
  • the ability to work professionally in both thermal and mechanical systems areas.
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