Mechanical Engineering, B.S.

Mechanical Engineering, B.S.

What is a Mechanical Engineering Degree?

Mechanical Engineering DegreeMechanical engineering is dedicated to the analysis, design and fabrication of systems–machines, engines, products and technologies–that provide conversion between mechanical, electrical and thermal energies. Choosing Florida Tech for a mechanical engineering degree puts you in a program listed among the "Engineering/Top Technical Institutes" and 's College A-List in Engineering. 

Whether you want to design a more efficient power generator, develop new methods of automation or engineer the latest machine system, a mechanical engineering degree from Florida Tech develops a strong background in engineering and experience in fields like instrumentation and thermal systems.

Gain Practical Experience

Mechanical engineering encompasses four major subfields: design and structures, thermal-fluid sciences, control systems and materials science and manufacturing. You'll get started on your mechanical engineering degree concentration right away, taking core courses like Introduction to Mechanical Engineering and Calculus-Based Physics in your first year. New technical electives allow you to specialize in unique career-track subfields such as systems engineering, nuclear technology and energy engineering, making you a hot prospect in the eyes of future employers.

As a senior working towards your mechanical engineering degree, you'll complete an exciting senior design project in collaboration with a team of your peers. Together, you'll conceptualize, design, construct and present a machine, gadget or structure that fulfills a real-world need. You'll present your project to industry leaders and employers, and may compete in international events. As a result, you get practical experience, an expanded professional network and perhaps even a pre-graduation job offer.

Build Professional Relationships with a degree in Mechanical Engineering

Beyond the classroom, mechanical engineering majors build leadership and professional experience through exciting internships and participation in academic organizations like Sigma Gamma Tau (mechanical engineering honor society), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Student Government and over 100 other campus-wide student organizations.

Get Recruited Upon Graduation

Employers seek out graduates with a mechanical engineering degree from Florida Tech. Employers that have recruited our students for internships and careers include Boeing, Lockheed Martin, GE, Harris Corp. and Northrop Grumman.

Earn an Advanced Degree in Mechanical Engineering

After receiving their mechanical engineering degree, many of our students go on to graduate school at universities such as Florida Tech, Stanford, MIT, Johns Hopkins, Virginia Tech and Yale.

Why Pursue a Mechanical Engineering Degree at Florida Tech?

Florida Tech's small class size and strong community of ambitious undergraduate students are just two of the benefits our students enjoy. Other mechanical engineering colleges may have a tough time competing with low faculty-to-student ratios and a family-oriented learning environment. Students at Florida Tech also find a team environment for classwork and homework, and as part of design or research teams.

Accreditation

ABETThe undergraduate aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, ocean engineering and software engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Experienced Faculty of Professional Engineers

The mechanical engineering faculty comprises a mix of well-established professors in their field who bring new expertise and development in novel technical areas -- something you would expect from top mechanical engineering colleges. Students work closely with professors who are committed to providing superior education and personalized attention. Our professors are active researchers with main focus areas in design, structures and mechanisms; thermal-fluid sciences; controls and mechatronics; and material science.

High-Tech Research and Teaching Laboratories

Quality mechanical engineering colleges provide many opportunities for qualified students to participate in cutting-edge internships and research projects and Florida Tech is no different. Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities housed in the F.W. Olin Engineering Complex, a three-story cutting-edge facility equipped with the latest electronic and communications technology, specialized research and teaching laboratories and a 142-seat multimedia auditorium. Within the department, students have access to the Fluid Mechanics Laboratory, Shock Tube and Rocket Test Stand, Robotics Laboratory, Dynamic Systems and Controls Lab, Aerospace Systems and Propulsion Laboratory and Materials Testing Laboratory.

Study in an Accredited Program

A statistic that illustrates why Florida Tech is one of the best mechanical engineering colleges is this: The Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Surrounded by Over 5,000 High-Tech Companies

In terms of location, many mechanical engineering colleges don't come close to Florida Tech. The 130-acre campus is located on the Space Coast and within Florida's High Tech Corridor, which puts it amid the fifth largest high-tech workforce in the country and more than 5,000 high-tech companies, such as NASA Kennedy Space Center and the Florida Solar Energy Center. These relationships give faculty and students the ability to keep up with the latest advances in science and engineering.

Florida Tech is just minutes from Atlantic Ocean beaches and the Indian River Lagoon, the most diverse ecosystem in North America. Area attractions, social activities, sporting events and shopping make Florida Tech one of the best mechanical engineering colleges in the country.

How Will a Mechanical Engineering Degree Prepare Me For The Future?

From mechanical engineering internships to research to clubs and organizations, Florida Tech students enjoy a variety of activities for a well-rounded college experience.

Our students are able to participate in a wide array of mechanical engineering internships with companies around the Space Coast, including:

  • NASA
  • Boeing
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Harris Corporation
  • Pratt and Whitney

These mechanical engineering internships allow Florida Tech students to work hand-in-hand with professional engineers working to solve problems in the field. Some students even find that these cooperative experiences later lead to job offers from the companies in which they worked with.

Research

Mechanical engineering internships aren't the only learning opportunities outside of classroom study. Florida Tech students are able to take part in real-world research that prepares them for their future career or graduate school. Select students are handpicked to work with department professors on research teams. Our students are also able to conduct research during their mechanical engineering internships and in preparation for their capstone senior design project. Some student research is even supported and sponsored by local employers, including NASA.

Senior Design Projects

Mechanical engineering students create a capstone senior design project in their last year at Florida Tech. These cooperative endeavors are the culmination of years of studying and research and take a variety of forms. Some previous projects have included:

  • Panther 1 Pathfinder Rocket
  • Formula SAE Race Car
  • SAE Mini Baja
  • The Racing Electric Vehicle
  • The Performance Hybrid Race Car

These projects are displayed at the annual Student Design Showcase and are often entered into national competitions against other student projects.

Join Clubs and Organizations to Enhance Your Mechanical Engineering Degree

In addition to mechanical engineering internships, Florida Tech students participate in many student organizations based around their mechanical engineering interests.

Florida Tech's chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers is an active organization that holds meetings, facility tours, competitions and other events that cover a wide variety of topics within the field. Tau Beta Pi is an honor society for student engineers who excel academically and are recognized for their achievements. The Society of Women Engineers promotes both female and male engineers through lectures and meetings.

What Can You Do with a Mechanical Engineering Degree?

Mechanical engineering careers involve a variety of job skills and typically involve research, design, development, building and testing of mechanical devices, tools, engines and machines. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, it is one of the broadest engineering disciplines, making the career opportunities just as broad.

Career Outlook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provides information about specific jobs including median annual pay, working conditions and job outlook, among other things. According to the Bureau of Labor, mechanical engineering careers are the second-largest engineering occupations in the country, providing jobs in engineering services, research and development, manufacturing and the federal government.

Additionally, they report that employment growth for mechanical engineering careers is expected to grow 9 percent from 2010 – 2020, with job prospects best for those who stay knowledgeable with advances in technology. Some growth is expected to come from new industries such as alternative energy, nanotechnology and remanufacturing.

Career Options

Mechanical engineering careers include such jobs as:

  • Architectural and Engineering Manager
  • Materials Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician
  • Natural Science Manager
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Sales Engineer
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technician
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Marine Engineers and Naval Architect
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mining and Geological Engineer
  • Surveyor

Graduate Degree Programs

To prepare them for perhaps more technical occupations similar to mechanical engineering careers, approximately 20 percent of aerospace and mechanical engineering students enter graduate school at Florida Tech or other universities such as:

  • California Institute of Technology (CalTech)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Stanford University
  • Cornell
  • Georgia Tech
  • Emory University
  • Columbia
  • Princeton University
  • University of Florida

Potential Employers

And what employers offer mechanical engineering careers after a student completes his or her education? Among them:

  • Boeing
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Northrop Grumman
  • General Electric
  • Harris Corp.
  • Airbus Consortium
  • Local, state and regional governmental agencies across the United States
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