Mechanical Engineering

Offered as: major | minor

Place yourself at the forefront of developing technologies by earning a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. Mechanical engineers design and develop anything that can be thought of as a machine, as well as the tools and processes necessary to make man-made products. Encompassing a wide range of fields, the discipline includes the study of energy transformations, manufacturing, mechanical systems, and material science.

With a degree in mechanical engineering, you'll have the ability to work in a diverse range of careers including scientific research, product manufacturing, product design, power generation, military analysis, and operations of complex systems such as nuclear reactors. Mechanical engineers are also increasingly finding opportunities in medical research fields and in biofuel applications.

Special opportunities

  • Experience: participate in co-op and internship programs to gain valuable experience with regional industries, often while also earning money for college
  • Research: work on projects with experienced research faculty
  • Community: join organizations such as the Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, and Engineers Without Borders
  • New initiatives: collaborate, create, and explore at our IDEAStudio and the Center for Scientific Computing and Visualization Research

Mechanical Engineering Major

Our program emphasizes hands-on education by providing small lab sections and lab and computer facilities dedicated to undergraduate teaching.

You'll choose from courses in manufacturing, materials science, design, fluid mechanics, control theory, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and robotics. The culmination of your work will be your senior project, which allows you to solve real-life engineering problems.

For the BS in mechanical engineering, you'll complete 40 credits in mechanical engineering courses and a total of 123 credits overall.

Manufacturing option

The department offers a BS degree in mechanical engineering with an option in manufacturing: the transformation of raw materials into useful products through the use of the most effective methods.

Manufacturing engineers determine the equipment, tools, and processes required to convert the design of a product into reality. They apply analytical skills to discover the optimal combination of machinery, materials, and methods needed to keep production costs and time low.

Mechanical Engineering minor

With the minor in mechanical engineering, you have the option to specialize in controls, design, manufacturing, and thermal sciences—or you may choose an open path of studies.

For the minor, you'll complete 20 to 22 credits.

Advanced study

  • BS/MS Program: This fast-track program enables qualified BS degree students in mechanical engineering to complete both the BS and the MS degrees.
  • MS in Mechanical Engineering: Expand your career options with a master's degree in mechanical engineering.
  • PhD Program in Engineering and Applied Science: Emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of modern research at the interfaces of engineering, the applied sciences, and technology.

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Success story

Semirah Dolan during internship

Semirah Dolan '19
Mechanical Engineering

Semirah's story

Internship site placements

  • General Dynamics Electric Boat
  • KVH Industries
  • MicroMagnetics
  • Mass Department of Transportation
  • U.S. Army

Career placements

  • Altair ProductDesign Inc.
  • Applied Materials
  • Bio-Detek
  • Bose Corporation
  • Boston Engineering Corporation
  • GE Aviation
  • GE Oil & Gas
  • Hasbro
  • Heat Transfer Products, Inc.
  • Lockheed Martin
  • New England Institute of Technology
  • Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Raytheon
  • Siemens Industry Inc.
  • Texas Instruments
  • Zachry Nuclear Engineering


Sankha Bhowmick
Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Science and Engineering Building, Room 116C

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