The mechanical engineer is primarily a designer, builder, and tester of
equipment used in nearly every facet of industry. The training and technical
background of a graduate of this program is applicable to the design,
manufacturing, and power industries as well as production, sales management,
and research. Because the need for mechanical engineers is almost universal
in every industry, graduates are able to choose from a wide variety of
fields of specialization as well as geographical location of employment.
In recent years, the entire field of design and manufacturing has been
revolutionized through the use of the digital computer. The mechanical
engineer is at the forefront of the development and use of computer-aided
design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) systems and robotic devices. From
rockets, robots, nuclear engines, steam and nuclear power plants, and air
conditioning and refrigeration systems, to oil platforms, automobiles,
trucks, farm equipment, computers and spacecraft, the mechanical engineer is
a key player in the design and development of these devices and systems.
Truly, mechanical engineering is a major and integral part of today's
This program prepares students to meet the challenges of a global economy in
an increasingly complex and competitive workplace, and to function as team
members of an engineering group capable of designing and developing large
multidiscipline projects. Effective oral and written communications are
emphasized, with emphasis on systems and project engineering.