Mechanical Engineering

About the mechanical engineering major

Mechanical engineering is the broadest specialization within the engineering field. Mechanical engineers design and build tools and equipment. You'll conduct research in a variety of areas, from biomechanics, combustion, and computer-aided design to fluid mechanics, robotics, and stress analysis. Mechanical engineering principles are used in the design, development, and production or process of virtually everything.

Skills and abilities this major develops: creativity, comfort with computer technology, listening skills, math skills, testing and analysis, mechanical, and problem-solving skills.

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Calculus 1, 2, and 3
  • Computer tools for engineering
  • Design of mechanisms
  • Dynamic systems and measurements
  • Heat, electricity, and optics
  • Mechanics of materials
  • Thermal fluid sciences

Possible careers

  • Automotive engineer
  • HVAC engineer
  • Industrial engineer
  • Product design engineer
  • Quality engineer
  • Robotics engineer

Where could I work?

  • Duke Energy
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Meggitt Control System
  • National Satellite Technology Center
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Stanley Security 

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Cluster

This major belongs to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) cluster. The STEM cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in the sciences, technology, engineering, informatics, and computing. The STEM cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools.

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