Mechanical engineering

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, chemistry, civil engineering, and electronics.


  • Automotive engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Controls engineer
  • Combustion and fluid power engineer
  • Energy systems engineer
  • Environmental engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Packaging engineer
  • Product or process design engineer
  • Thermal management systems engineer

What will I study?

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

  • Statics and dynamics
  • Solid mechanics
  • Design and manufacturing
  • Thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer

In your last year, you will focus on a specific area through technical electives, specialized labs with modern computer-based tools, and a capstone design project. An optional co-op technical program is available, in addition to an integrated five-year program for a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering.

The University of Minnesota’s Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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