The Department of Mechanical Engineering is dedicated to educating the highest quality engineering professionals and leaders. Graduates will be prepared to creatively solve engineering problems through the use of analysis, computation, and experimentation. The students completing the Mechanical Engineering program should be well-informed citizens who have the ability to grow intellectually and are able to solve new, challenging problems with self-confidence. It is the department's intent to maintain a general and flexible curriculum that prepares students for both industrial practice and graduate education.
Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines. Employment of mechanical engineers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026. Mechanical engineers can work in many industries and on many types of projects. Recent graduates can be found in organizations such as BAE Systems, Brayton Energy, General Dynamics Electric Boat, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon, Turbocam International, and many others.