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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering comprises a wide range of activities that include researching, designing, developing, manufacturing, managing and controlling engineering systems and their components. 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.

Plan of Study

Mechanical Engineering Webpage

Transfer to Mechanical Engineering

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Program Availability: Closed to transfers

Contact Information

Undergraduate Office, School of Mechanical Engineering
(765) 494-5689

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Careers in Mechanical Engineering

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
  • heavy/off-road equipment
  • engineering consulting
  • thermal systems
  • graduate education

Beyond these traditional roles, mechanical engineers are increasingly pursuing a number nontraditional career paths including:

  • business/financial services
  • dentistry
  • education
  • engineering and public policy
  • law (patent law and intellectual property)
  • medicine/healthcare (prosthetics, surgical robotics and instruments, human motion kinetics, etc.)

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