Mechanical Engineering Careers
According to PayScale, the average mechanical engineer salary is currently over $70,000 per year. A bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson starts graduates out strong - 2019 graduates had an average starting salary of over $65,400, with the highest starting salary coming in at $87,500.
Entry-level positions for a mechanical engineering career can be in areas such as:
- technical sales
- mechanical engineering
- project engineering
- process engineering
- advanced manufacturing
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, Tesla 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.
Mechanical engineering undergraduate student Gabriella Broga talks about how supportive she has found Clarkson to be and how that has translated into her success academically and beyond.
Mechanical Engineering Curriculum & Academic Options
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
- Dynamical Systems
- Fluid Mechanics
- Mechanics of Machine Elements
- Additive Manufacturing
- Computer Aided Engineering
- Optimal Engineering
- Mechanical Vibrations and Controls
- Design of Propulsion Systems
- Integrated Design I & II
- Welding Metallurgy
Looking to take your education a step further? Check out our list of minors and concentrations to complement your mechanical engineering degree.
Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Research
Research experience for undergraduate mechanical engineering majors includes both on campus research in the fall and spring semesters and paid summer internships funded by groups such as the National Science Foundation or other government agencies or foundations. 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. Learn more about our Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering faculty and their research expertise.
Co-ops & Internships
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. In Spring 2020, over 100 companies were looking for mechanical engineers. Many students who have internships or co-ops with companies they meet at one of our Career Fairs receive full-time job offers before graduation. Our students have had internships and co-op at companies such as:
- Lockheed Martin
- General Dynamics
- The Raymond Corp.
- John Deere
- The Whiting-Turner Company
Competitive Engineering Project Teams
Our undergraduate mechanical engineers are among the most active students on our hands-on, competitive SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience & Design) teams. Any major can join any of our 12 SPEED teams, but mechanical engineers represent our department on a number of teams like Baja SAE, SAE Clean Snowmobile, Formula SAE/Formula SAE Electric and Human-Powered Vehicle.
In 2020, our Clean Snowmobile team earned a 1st place finish in the Diesel Utility Class at the 2020 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge!
The Student Prototyping Machine Shop is a fully equipped engineering machine shop for student use. Manual lathes and mills, an extensive welding lab, water jet cutting, as well as computer driven machining centers are provided for students to use for research and engineering competitions. Multidisciplinary Project Team Undergraduate Courses (MT Courses) are offered to all students who are interested in learning everything from basic shop skills, lathes, milling, welding, MasterCam and CNC Machining. Students also use the Innovation Hub, a University-wide resource hosted by Clarkson Ignite, to hone their skills and ideas using state-of-the-art technology.
Mechanical Engineering Student Clubs
At Clarkson, there's over 200 clubs and organizations on campus for undergraduate students to choose from, including several related to mechanical engineering, including:
- American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
- Clarkson Car Club
- National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
- Sigma Xi - The Scientific Research Society
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
- Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
- Tau Beta Pi - National Engineering Honor Society