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Mechanical Engineering

What is a mechanical engineer?

Mechanical engineers work in manufacturing, transportation, mechanical systems, medical technology, industrial production, and thermal science and energy. They design parts and systems for air and spacecraft, cars, electronics, prosthetics, computers, turbines, air-conditioning, robots, and cell phones.

In the department's design-based curriculum, students dive into projects from day one. Through the CAMP program, majors build Baja vehicles, drones, electric snowmobiles, and Formula cars tested in Ford's wind tunnel – just four of the thirteen teams.


Average Starting Salary

  • Honda of America
  • Exxon Mobil
  • Boeing
  • Kiewit
  • SpaceX
  • Ford Motor Co.
  • Caterpillar
  • Chrysler
  • Polaris
  • John Morrell-Smithfield
  • BNSF Railway
  • Bobcat


  • automotive, aerospace
  • medical technology, prosthetics
  • computers, electronics
  • robotics, automation
  • manufacturing
  • machine design
  • power systems
  • energy conversion, turbines
  • environmental control, air-conditioning

Internships & Co-ops

75% of Mines students gain real-world experience through internships, co-ops, and research opportunities at over $17 an hour at 240 employers in 39 states. Students have interned at John Deere, Caterpillar, Boeing, and NASA, working on space shuttles and processes used in prosthetics.

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Global Experiences

Mechanical engineering students have attended conferences in Montreal, Quebec, studied automotives in Munich, Germany, and earned the prestigious, full-ride Mitchell Scholarship for study in Dublin, Ireland.

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Not just academic experts, faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering consult with industry and government on important regional, national and global projects.

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