Major: Mechanical Engineering

What colleges offer a Major in Mechanical Engineering?

After the invention of the steam engine in the mid-1800s, mechanical engineering was recognized as a specialty in the engineering profession. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers was founded in 1847 in Birmingham, England. The organization’s founding statement of purpose was “to give an impulse to invention likely to be useful to the world.” It’s not too different from their current mission statement: “improving the world through engineering.”

As a mechanical engineering major, you’ll learn to think critically and solve problems creatively. Whether you’re figuring out solutions or overseeing the phases of development, you’ll be an integral part of the manufacturing process and ensuring designs are safe, efficient, and sustainable.

What does a Mechanical Engineering major study? 

  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering Design
  • Failure Analysis
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanical Design
  • Physics
  • Statistics

What can I do with a Mechanical Engineering degree?

Here are some examples of the many jobs available in this field:

Specializations for a Mechanical Engineering major:

What are the requirements for a Mechanical Engineering degree? 

Your college or university may be designed to meet the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology requirements. Meet with your faculty advisor to discuss courses that align with your area of interest in mechanical engineering. Internships and independent projects also provide real-life experience to prepare you for your career.