Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical engineers conceive, plan, design and direct the manufacturing, distribution and operation of a wide variety of devices, machines and systems for energy conversion, environmental control, materials processing, transportation, materials handling and other purposes. Mechanical engineers are engaged in creative design, applied research, development and management. A degree in mechanical engineering also leads to entering law, medical, or business school, as well as for graduate work in engineering.

General Interest Area:

A mechanical engineering education incorporates studies in the areas of thermodynamics, computer aided design (CAD), finite element analysis (FEA), nanotechnology, statics, dynamics, mathematics, fluid mechanics, and the environment. This knowledge leads to careers in aerospace, resource extraction, energy and power, building design, chemical and processing plant operation, design and manufacturing, building maintenance, Heating Ventilating and Air-conditioning (HVAC), and just about all forms of product development

High School Background:

Mathematics (calculus or pre-calculus), physics, and chemistry are recommended to high school students interested in pursuing studies in mechanical engineering.

Plan of Study:

Mechanical Engineering undergraduates generally spend the first two years of their studies building on the basic core requirements such as: math, physics, chemistry, communication, and perspectives on the human condition, as well as taking applied and theoretical engineering science courses. Most students begin their elective credits and engineering concentration in their third and fourth year. The department offers sub-specialties that may include an emphasis in aerospace or petroleum engineering. See this link for degree requirements and 4-yr and 5-yr course plan

How to get Involved:

Contact the Mechanical Engineering office to make an appointment with the Mechanical Engineering faculty or attend an Amercian Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) student chapter meeting.

Career and Graduate Possibilites:

Mechanical Engineering undergraduates have a variety of career and graduate opportunities available to them upon graduation. The Mechanical Engineering curriculum provides the student with the necessary tools for a career as a professional mechanical engineer, an engineering consultant, or for a career in advanced studies and research. Students who wish to pursue a graduate degree may do so in Arctic Engineering, Engineering Management, Mechanical Engineering or go on to purse Aerospace Engineering.

Related Websites:

UAF Mechanical Engineering department
UAF catalog description
Mechanical Engineering degree worksheet (PDF)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

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