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Mechanical engineers focus on the analysis, design, automation, fabrication, testing, evaluation, and optimization of mechanical systems. Mechanical engineers are designers and problem solvers who are involved, in some way, with practically everything around us.
Historically, mechanical engineering (ME) includes two branches of study. The first deals with heat, fluids, and energy, such as combustion in a rocket engine, the wind and water flow past a racing yacht, or the design of a solar panel for a space station. The second area concerns force and motion in mechanical systems such as determining robot trajectories, analyzing automotive vibration and noise, and computing stress levels in the wings of a new aircraft.
"Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs," U.S. News & World Report, 2019
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wright State's undergraduate engineering programs as No. 146 among hundreds of engineering programs across the nation. The program faculty are dedicated to student success and offer one-on-one support to all students. The university is also located in Dayton, Ohio, a hub of technical expertise in industrial engineering, human factors engineering, aerospace, unmanned aerial systems, engineering innovation, and more for internships and future career advancement.
Mechanical engineers are the leading designers of cars and airplanes, jet and rocket engines, robotics, and machinery. They design, build, and maintain machines of all sizes—massive to nano-sized.
With a degree in ME, you can work in engineering services, research and development, manufacturing industries, amusement parks, the federal government, and more.
Our graduates are employed by:
- AK Steel
- BerrieHill Research Corporation
- BWI Group
- Emerson Climate Technologies
- Heapy Engineering
- Hobart Corp.
- Honda of America Manufacturing
- KTH Parts
- Mahle Behr
- Navistar International Corporation
- Materials Resources LLC
- NuVasive Manufacturing, LLC.
- Ranly Design Innovations
- Sierra Lobo
- UTC Aerospace Systems
- YASKAWA Motoman Robotics
Our Graduates work as:
- Advanced Manufacturing Engineer
- Application Engineer
- Design Engineer
- Engineering Coordinator
- Manufacturing Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer
- Process Engineer
- Project Engineer
- Test Engineer
- Sales Engineers
It's never too early—or too late to start managing your career in engineering. Learn more about the Brandeberry Career Development Center.
We encourage you to apply skills learned in the classroom through study abroad, undergraduate research, co-op/internships, and/or service learning. You will learn from qualified professionals who actively work in the field of mechanical engineering and work on mechanical engineering projects, allowing you to apply your classroom education to real-world situations.
View the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the Academic Catalog.
Review the admission requirements and complete the admission application. Identify your desired major on the application. If you meet university admission requirements you are admitted to the college.
Annual Student Enrollment:
- 866 in Fall 2018
- 683 in Fall 2019
- 86 in Spring 2018
- 120 in Spring 2019
The program educational objectives for the Mechanical Engineering program are:
- Objective 1: Be employed in the engineering profession or pursuing graduate studies
- Objective 2: Successfully compete in a globally integrated environment
- Objective 3: Be engaged in life-long learning through continuing education and other avenues in a rapidly changing technical environment
Students who complete the B.S. in mechanical engineering will have:
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
- an ability to design and conduct experiments, and to analyze and interpret data.
- an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
- an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve 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, economic, environmental, and societal context.
- a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
- a knowledge of contemporary issues.
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.