Mechanical engineering comprises a wide range of activities that include researching, designing, developing, manufacturing, managing and controlling engineering systems and their components. The many industrial sectors to which mechanical engineers make substantial contributions include aerospace/ defense, automotive, biotechnology/pharmaceutical, chemical/petroleum, computers/electronics, construction, consumer/food products, energy/nuclear, engineering forensics, heavy/off-road equipment, engineering consulting, thermal systems, and graduate education among others.
Beyond these traditional roles, mechanical engineers are increasingly pursuing a number nontraditional career paths including business/financial services, dentistry, education, engineering and public policy, education, law (patent law and intellectual property) and medicine/healthcare (prosthetics, surgical robotics and instruments, human motion kinetics, etc.)
As such, mechanical engineering is the broadest of all the engineering disciplines and provides the widest range of career opportunities. Graduates of the School of Mechanical Engineering have gone on to become CEOs, entrepreneurs, chief engineers, business analysts, astronauts, faculty, physicians, dentists, patent lawyers, and public policy leaders.
Note: The First-Year Engineering Program is the entry point for all beginning engineering students. They must complete theFirst-Year Engineering requirements before entering the engineering school of their choice. The mission of this student-oriented service program is to advise, teach and retain outstanding students for Purdue's College of Engineering. This core curriculum includes courses in math, chemistry, physics, computer programming, and communication skills, as well as introductory engineering coursework taught in the new Ideas to Innovation (i2i) Learning Laboratory. The First-Year Engineering Program provides students with a firm foundation and initial understanding of engineering and career options to assist them in identifying which of Purdue's engineering disciplines is the right fit. Our professional academic advisors, faculty and student advisors are dedicated to assisting beginning engineers with the first-year experience.
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Careers in Mechanical Engineering
- Consumer/food products
- Engineering forensics
- Engineering consulting
- Engineering and public policy
- Heavy/off-road equipment
- Thermal systems
- Graduate education
Transfer to Mechanical Engineering
Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.
Program Availability: Closed to transfers
Contact InformationUndergraduate Office, School of Mechanical Engineering