Mechanical engineering

Mechanical engineers research, design, manufacture, and maintain mechanical systems. They work in the aerospace, automotive, consumer goods, manufacturing, and materials and metals industries.

Students are attracted to the wide range of career choices the mechanical engineering degree programs offer them, and the experiential learning opportunities for which we are known.


Graduate mechanical engineering student working on a project at The University of Akron


Advanced degrees

Our graduate studies in mechanical engineering include areas of emphasis in thermal-fluid sciences, mechanics, materials, and controls and manufacturing.

Plus, a Tire Mechanics Short Course will be offered September 2022 for individuals working in the tire industry. Learn more here.


Mechanical engineering student at The University of Akron

Mechanical engineering student at The University of Akron
I chose The University of Akron because of its outstanding, nationally recognized engineering program. The campus is beautiful, and combined with the financial aid package UA was an easy choice for me.”

—Zachary Lindsey

Mechanical Engineering '20


Civil engineering student at The University of Akron

Co-op Program

Get paid practical experience as part of your mechanical engineering degree program curriculum. These immersive learning opportunities provide you with a competitive advantage.

Our graduates are in demand by industry, and many have jobs lined up prior to graduation – learn more!

Civil Engineering students working in the lab at The University of Akron


As mechanical engineering majors, students conduct research in state-of-the-art facilities and labs alongside industry professionals, as well as in the college research centers, such as CenTiRe, a consortium of tire and tire-related industry members who jointly request, select, fund, mentor, and share in the results of the research.

See the full list of mechanical engineering research areas.

Mechanical Engineering students with Professor Sawyer and the human powered car they created at The University of Akron

Student Design Teams and Organizations

Get hands-on experience and choose from a number of award-winning mechanical engineer college teams to join.

See all student design teams.

Biomedical engineering student at The University of Akron

Presidential Scholarship

UA will offer a new Presidential Scholarship starting fall 2022. You are automatically considered when you apply for admission. Learn more about the Presidential Scholarship.

Biomedical Engineering job placement for students and graduates of the The University of Akron

Experience Engineering at Akron

100% of Spring 2020 graduates participated in some form of experiential learning including co-ops and internships, undergraduate research, and more.

Engineering student working with a Mechanical Engeering professor at The University of Akron


You will learn from the best in a program that dates back 100 years. Mechanical engineering faculty are lab whizzes, scientists, academics, and members of industry.


Engineering student at The University of Akron

Contact Us

Auburn Science and Engineering Center, Suite #101
The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio 44325-3903

Phone: 330-972-7731
Fax: 330-972-6027

Faculty & staff

Welcome from Dr. Sergio Felicelli, Mechanical Engineering Department Chair