Mechanical Engineering

College of Engineering

Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, manufacture, manage, and control engineering systems and their components, from the nanoscale on.  The broadest of all engineering disciplines -- and thus the most flexible for career options -- mechanical engineering requires a solid grasp of mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, and energy. Our graduates have gone on to become CEOs, entrepreneurs, chief engineers, business analysts, astronauts, faculty, physicians, patent lawyers, and professionals in a variety of other areas.

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.

Mechanical Engineering Website

Plan of Study


Transfer GPA and Course Requirements

Purdue admits to individual majors. To be considered for admission as a college transfer student, applicants must meet minimum GPA requirements for their desired major. In addition, some majors have course requirements. Requirements for this major are posted below (unless the program is closed to transfers).

Program Availability: Closed to transfers


Contact Information

Tarri Brickler
Phone: 765-496-7485


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

Related Career Interests

Engineering and Technologies

Manufacturing and Processing

Mechanical and Electrical Specialties

Mechanics and Construction

Science and Research