Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Fundamentals

Mechanical engineers focus on physical systems, researching, developing, designing, manufacturing and testing tools, engines, machines, materials or mechanical devices.

  • Comprehensive curriculum teaches you how to apply energy, momentum, continuity, state and constitutive equations to thermo-fluid and mechanical systems.
  • Certification available in polymer engineering or motion and control.

Our Faculty

  • are innovative and interactive
  • incorporate real engineering design challenges into courses
  • conduct research year round in state-of-the-art facilities

Akron Advantage

Hands-on Research

Experience mechanical engineering firsthand through our research facilities:

  • Department of Mechanical Engineering has eight laboratories, including:
    • Computational Mechanics Lab
    • Materials Testing Laboratory
    • Robotics
  • Join one of the award-winning Society of Automotive Engineers design competition teams — Supermileage, Aero Design, Formula Race Car and Mini Baja.

Real World Experience

Gain important practical professional experience through the optional cooperative education program in the engineering field of your choice. Through co-op, you’ll alternate semesters of work and school following your sophomore year. As an added benefit, you’ll earn a competitive salary.

Recent placements include:

  • General Motors
  • NASA
  • Dow Chemical
  • Cooper Tire & Rubber
  • Diebold
  • Ohio Edison
  • Babcock and Wilcox
  • Advanced Elastomer Systems

Engineering Student Organizations

Interact with other engineering students and professionals in the field through organizations such as:

  • Tau Beta Pi (engineering honorary)
  • Women in Engineering
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineering
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
  • American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics

Curriculum Guide

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Career Opportunities

Degrees and Preparation

A degree in mechanical engineering paves the way to careers in many industries, including:

  • automotive
  • petroleum
  • energy generation and conversion
  • aerospace
  • tire
  • chemical
  • electronic
  • machinery
  • transportation equipment
  • electrical equipment
  • instruments
  • fabricated metal products industries

Specialties in mechanical engineering include:

  • applied mechanics
  • computer-aided design and manufacturing
  • energy systems
  • control systems
  • pressure vessels and piping
  • heating, refrigeration and airconditioning systems, and materials

Career Outlook

Opportunities for mechanical engineers are growing in these areas:

  • manufacturing
  • engineering and management services
  • business services
  • federal government

Cooperative Education and Placement

The College of Engineering's Cooperative Education Program enables you to integrate classroom instruction with practical and valuable on-the-job work experience. If you choose to co-op, you will complete your first five semesters of study and then begin alternating a semester of paid employment in your major field of interest with a semester of classroom study, until your senior level. Learn more.

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