Mechanical Engineering

College of Engineering

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, automotive, biotechnology/pharmaceutical, chemical/petroleum, computers/electronics, construction, consumer/food products, energy/nuclear, engineering consulting, heavy/off-road equipment, and thermal systems, among others. 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 the First-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

With a mechanical engineering degree, you can go to medical, dental or law school or work in research, design, testing, manufacturing or sales across a range of areas and industries:

  • Aerospace/Defense
  • Automotive
  • Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical
  • Business
  • Chemical/Petroleum
  • Computers and electronics
  • Construction
  • Consumer/food products
  • Energy/Nuclear
  • Engineering consulting
  • Engineering and public policy
  • Heavy/off-road equipment
  • Thermal systems
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