Mechanical engineers make an impact in almost every aspect of modern society due to the vital roles they play in the design and production of material goods.

In Clarkson's mechanical engineering undergraduate bachelor's degree program, we offer areas of study in machine design, robotics, manufacturing processes, thermodynamics, fluid flow, composite materials and much more. You can study anything from biomechanics and assistive technologies for people with disabilities to automation and robotics systems. You can even learn about the design of ships, submarines, aircraft and spacecraft.

As a graduate of the mechanical engineering major, you will leave Clarkson with the ability to apply principles of engineering, science, and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations) to model, analyze, design and realize physical systems. Clarkson prepares you for a successful career in either academia as a professor or researcher or in industry as an engineer or manager.

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Mechanical Engineering Careers

According to PayScale, the average mechanical engineer salary is currently over $70,000. A bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering can lead to entry-level positions in career areas such as:

  • robotics
  • technical sales
  • mechanical engineering
  • project engineering
  • process engineering

By applying the larger problem-solving skill sets developed at Clarkson, alumni go on to leadership positions across many different industry sectors. Companies such as Amphenol Aerospace, Apple, BAE Systems, BorgWarner, Eaton, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, General Dynamics, GlobalFoundries, Lockheed Martin, Moog, NASA, Naval Nuclear Lab, Northrup Grumman, Raytheon Missile Systems, Saint-Gobain, SpaceX and Toyota have recently recruited our mechanical engineering majors.

Many mechanical engineering majors also choose to continue their studies at graduate schools, with graduates attending Georgia Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, Northwestern University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Michigan, University of Virginia, and Clarkson's own M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Mechanical Engineering.

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Mechanical Engineering Curriculum & Academic Options

Major in Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering undergraduate bachelor's degree program consists of 73 credit hours out of 120 credit hours. Those 73 credit hours in mechanical engineering include classes in applied physics, applied mathematics, engineering science and mechanical engineering. Mechanical engineering majors can take courses such as:

  • Thermodynamic System Engineering
  • Biomechanics
  • Dynamical Systems
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Machine Elements
  • Biomechanics
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Computer Aided Engineering
  • Optimal Engineering
  • Mechanical Vibrations and Controls
  • Design of Propulsion Systems
  • Computer Aided Engineering
  • Integrated Design I & II
  • Welding Metallurgy

Mechanical Engineering Major Curriculum

Relevant Minors & Concentrations

Looking to take your education a step further? Check out our list of minors and concentrations to complement your mechanical engineering degree.

Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Concentration

Materials Engineering Concentration

Biomedical Engineering Minor

Business Minor

Electrical Engineering Minor

Robotics Minor

Clarkson Minors & Concentrations

Experiential Learning

Research Opportunities

Research experience for undergraduate mechanical engineering majors (paid summer internships) includes that funded by the National Science Foundation or other government agency or foundation.

Oftentimes, our mechanical engineering majors work with faculty in their laboratory to gain experience in areas of interest to them and that goes beyond the subjects required.

There are directed and independent study courses, including research courses, that provide opportunities for our students to pursue their own interests while being mentored by an interested faculty member.

Internship and Co-op Opportunities

Twice a year, nearly 200 employers come to campus to recruit undergraduate Clarkson students for internships and co-ops at our Fall and Spring Career Fairs. A degree in mechanical engineering is in demand by a large number of these companies. You will have the ability to meet with many of them over your years at Clarkson to make connections and secure critical internship and co-op opportunities, many of which result in full-time job offers.

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