College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota
College of Science and Engineering

Mechanical engineering

Mechanical engineering Major

Mechanical engineering encompasses energy, transportation, bioengineering, environmental engineering, medical device design, heating and refrigeration, fluid power and fluid mechanics, manufacturing, and nanofabrication. A mechanical engineering degree is versatile, and mechanical engineers often work on team projects involving aeronautics, biomedicine, civil engineering, and electronics. The Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (BME) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.


  • Alternative energy
  • Automotive engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Controls engineer
  • Computer aided designer
  • Design engineer
  • Electronics cooling engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Packaging engineer
  • Fluid power engineer


The first year provides a foundation of mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology. The second and third years are devoted to the core topics:

  • dynamics
  • solid mechanics
  • materials engineering
  • thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer

The last focuses on a chosen area of the profession through technical electives, specialized labs, and a capstone design experience. Hands-on design and laboratory experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum and leverage modern computer-based tools.

An optional co-operative work training program is available, as is an integrated five-year program for a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in mechanical or industrial engineering.

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Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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