Mechanical Engineering Program

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Mechanical Engineering Program

What is Mechanical Engineering?

Photo of students workingMechanical engineering is broadly concerned with energy, manufacturing, and design of machines. Mechanical engineers conceive, plan, design, and direct the manufacture, distribution, and operation of a wide variety of devices, machines, and systems—including complex human-machine systems—for energy conversion, environmental control, materials processing, transportation, materials handling, and other purposes. The field includes thermal-fluids engineering and mechanical systems engineering.


What do MEs do?

Photo of mechanical engineering studentMechanical engineers (MEs) find a wide variety of career opportunities in industry, government, and education. Mechanical engineers form an integral part of most industries, including aerospace firms, biomedical equipment manufacturers, energy-generation utilities, automobile manufacturers, food- and metal-processing industries, petroleum refineries, electronic equipment and computer manufacturers, heavy construction and vehicle manufacturers, HVAC manufacturers, and farm implement companies.

Where do our ME graduates get jobs?

Our ME graduates have careers that take them all over the world and allow them to do all sorts of different things. Most undergraduate students get their first job in the Midwestern United States. Principal employers of our recent graduates include:

Consulting—Accenture, Siemens Transportation, Shive-Hattery, Stanley Consultants

Energy—Alliant Energy, MidAmerican Energy

Food—General Mills, Nestle-Purina, Quaker Oats

Government—Department of Defense, Oakridge National Lab, NASA, Rock Island Arsenal

Manufacturing—Alcoa, Allsteel, Boeing, Caterpillar, Centro, John Deere, Emerson Process Management, General Electric, Hon, IBM, Maytag, Micron Tech., Pella, Rockwell-Collins, Silgan Plastics, 3M

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