Mechanical engineers play a significant role in designing and manufacturing all of the products and systems essential to everyday modern life: home appliances, bikes, recreational equipment, automobiles, satellites, wheelchairs, airplanes, robots, industrial equipment, and environmental control systems. The field of mechanical engineering (ME) is concerned with the mechanical, thermal, and fluid-flow aspects of all of these systems, including computer and feedback control of complex systems. As a mechanical engineering student at the University of Utah, you will learn the professional, technical, critical thinking, and communication skills you need to be successful and make meaningful contributions to this exciting field.
The Student Experience
The ME curriculum consists of courses in math, physics, and chemistry, in addition to coursework in ME concepts: students learn thermal-fluids, solid mechanics, mechatronics, and other pertinent topics, including an eight-month capstone design course. The ME degree additionally offers students the option to complete one of 12 emphases, allowing them to tailor their program to best fit their strengths and interests. Emphasis areas include:
- Aerospace Engineering
- Design & Manufacturing
- Dynamics & Control
- Ergonomics & Safety
- Fluid Mechanics
- Micro/Nanoscale Engineering
- Robotics & Control
- Solid Mechanics
- Thermal Science & Energy Engineering
Regardless of emphasis area, students are encouraged to complete an undergraduate research or design project, or sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam, further solidifying ME concepts and their use in real-world problems. In addition to academic opportunities, be sure to participate in some of the ME student societies: the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and the American Nuclear Society (ANS) all have chapters at the U.
Mechanical engineers are prepared to pursue work in a variety of fields. Use the skills gained from research, interning, or coursework for careers in fluid dynamics, manufacturing, product design, robotics, or thermodynamics. U alumni have found work as engineers in a number of areas—applications, design, control, R&D, and nuclear—as well as jobs in quality control and software development. With additional education at the graduation level, students can become professors, researchers, or administrators.