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Mechanical Engineering

Major in mechanical engineering

Mechanical engineers work on the design, analysis, production, and operation of mechanical and thermal systems, including tools, engines, and machines.

You will be prepared to work in a diverse range of careers including aerospace, manufacturing, robotics, biomedical, product design, energy, sustainable development, scientific research, defense, and the military.

Growing opportunities are available for mechanical engineers in cutting-edge medical research, new energy resources, novel material design, and robotics applications. Encompassing a wide range of fields, mechanical engineering includes the study of energy transformations, manufacturing, mechanical systems, material science, and systems control.

The Mechanical Engineering department also offers a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering with a concentration in advanced manufacturing and a concentration in energy.

Our program emphasizes hands-on education by providing small lab sections and lab and computer facilities dedicated to undergraduate teaching. Courses include manufacturing, materials science, design, fluid mechanics, control theory, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and robotics.

Your coursework will culminate with a senior capstone project that will allow you to solve real-life engineering problems.

For the BS degree, you will complete 72 credits in general and mechanical engineering with 123 credits overall.

Energy concentration

The department offers a BS degree in mechanical engineering with a concentration in energy: a focus on energy production and utilization.

Manufacturing concentration

The department offers a BS degree in mechanical engineering with a concentration in manufacturing: the transformation of raw materials into useful products through 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.

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 will need to complete 20 to 22 credits.

Student success

ErsenS Joseph
Ersen'S Joseph '22

“I chose to attend UMass Dartmouth because of its mechanical engineering program.” 

As a mechanical engineering student, Ersen'S Joseph discovered a passion for marine engineering and oceanography. He was selected for an internship at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and took advantage of the opportunity to conduct research at UMass Dartmouth's School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST). 


Internship sites

  • eBay
  • General Dynamics Electric Boat
  • Micro Magnetics, Inc.
  • Mass Department of Transportation
  • U.S. Army
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Graduate school placements

  • Boston University
  • Brown University
  • Cornell University
  • MIT
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Rhode Island

Career placements

  • Bose Corporation
  • GE Aviation
  • General Dynamics Electric Boat
  • General Motors
  • GE Oil & Gas
  • Hasbro
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Lockheed Martin
  • MathWorks
  • Nye Lubricants
  • Raytheon

Median starting salary for mechanical engineering majors, class of 2022:

NACE AY 2022 NACE Data Collection of Undergraduate Alumni

UMassD advantages

  • Capstone projects: most senior engineering students work in small teams on real-world, industry-specific challenges that demand analysis, proposals, prototypes, and solutions.
  • Experience: participate in co-op and internship programs to gain valuable experience with regional industries, often while also earning money for college.
  • 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 the Center for Scientific Computing and Visualization Research.

International (F-1) students who receive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees may be eligible to apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion optional practical training (OPT). To learn about the eligibility criteria and detailed steps to apply, please review the International Student & Scholar Center (ISSC) OPT page and USCIS resources. F-1 students must consult with the ISSC to apply for STEM OPT.

UMass Dartmouth offers a great transfer experience for students who:

  • have graduated from an accredited community college, or
  • have earned college credits from an accredited college or university

Transfer Admissions

Expand your opportunities

Mechanical Engineering faculty

Afsoon Amirzadeh
Afsoon Amirzadeh Goghari, PhD
Amit Tandon
Amit Tandon, PhD
Amit Tandon
Amit Tandon, PhD
Banafsheh Seyedaghazadeh
Banafsheh Seyedaghazadeh, PhD
Caiwei Shen
Caiwei Shen, PhD
Hangjian Ling
Hangjian Ling, PhD
Hamed Samandari
Hamed Samandari, PhD
Jun Li, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Jun Li, PhD
Kihan Park
Kihan Park, PhD
Mehdi Raessi
Mehdi Raessi, PhD
Sankha Bhowmick
Sankha Bhowmick, PhD
Vijaya B. Chalivendra
Vijaya Chalivendra, PhD
Wenzhen Huang
Wenzhen Huang, PhD
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