Mechanical Engineering

Program Overview

Our Mechanical Engineering major is designed to prepare you with knowledge, problem-solving ability, and hands-on skills to enter careers in the design, installation, manufacturing, testing, evaluation, technical sales, or maintenance of mechanical systems. Mechanical engineers make significant contributions in supporting engineering design, testing, production, research, and development operations in a wide variety of industrial, aerospace, and government organizations.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On Campus
Program Length: 4 years
Credit Hours: 72

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Get both theoretical and practical experience in our ABET accredited mechanical engineering program.

You’ll learn how to apply your advanced math knowledge. You’ll conduct experiments. You’ll gain the skills needed to take any project from idea to reality.

You can join our mechanical engineering majors in designing and building innovative products such as a "hotel" to preserve local bees, a motorized cooler that follows its owner, or an automatic fishing pole. You can help faculty members develop new low-cost, renewable fuels or improve solar energy efficiency.

In your classes, you can dive deeper into areas such as machine design, advanced materials, and thermodynamics. Outside the classroom, you'll have many opportunities to collaborate with faculty and fellow students on projects you're passionate about. 


Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Program Criteria for Mechanical and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.

Program Highlights

As a mechanical engineering student here, you'll:

  • Complete design projects as part of the curriculum, from freshmen introductory courses to the senior-level capstone course.
  • Build race cars with CMU's Society of Automotive Engineers Baja Team or the Formula One team.
  • Design, construct and race boats made from cardboard and duct tape as part of a homecoming tradition.
  • Obtain a degree from a university recently named on of the top 25 schools for mechanical engineering by GradReports.

Careers & Outcomes

Our mechanical engineering graduates work in a number of exciting industries — architecture, aerospace, automotive, medicine, manufacturing and many more.

Career Projected Salary
Mechanical Engineer $100,820
Machines work on an engine on an assembly line.

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