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Mechanical Engineering BS, BS/MS

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 manufacturing: the transformation of raw materials into useful products through the use of the most effective methods.

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.

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.

Nick Paternostro
Nick Paternostro '21

While interning at Curtiss Wright, Nick gained real-world experience through collaborative projects with senior-level engineers.

Internship sites

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

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

Entry-level mechanical engineering salary range in New England:
$69,413 - $77,044

National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2021 Salary Survey
  • 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 our IDEAStudio and the Center for Scientific Computing and Visualization Research.
  • Honors College: take advanced courses, pursue research, and be part of a community of scholars
  • Study Abroad: earn academic credits and gain a global perspective on your field
  • Undergraduate Research: faculty work with students on cutting-edge research projects
  • University Studies: gain the benefit of a broad university education to enhance your knowledge and skills

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

Mechanical Engineering Faculty


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