Mechanical Engineering (ME)
What do Mechanical Engineers do?
Mechanical Engineers (ME) are often called the general practitioners of engineering. Mechanical engineers work in a wide range of industries: automotive, aerospace, electrical, solar, and materials processing. The challenges they encounter are as varied as the industries in which they work. In addition to using basic math and science tools, mechanical engineers must also be creative to solve open-ended problems.
What will I study?
During the first year, you will take Introduction to Engineering, Computer-Aided Design, and Mechanical Engineering Explorations lab, in addition to foundation courses in math, chemistry, and physics. Throughout your studies, you will get opportunities to design and build things as you learn about solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and heat transfer. As a senior, you will undertake a year-long senior design project, learning how to function as an effective group member within a realistic, job-like environment. A sample of current projects includes the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Mini-Baja, American Society of Mechanical (ASME) Human Powered Vehicle Competition (HPVC) and Vex Robotics Competition (VRC).
The minor in Mechanical Engineering is a great option for students majoring in physics, math, chemistry, or any of our other engineering majors.
What will I do after graduation?
Graduates are ready to work in a wide range of industries as mechanical engineers who solve technical problems and take on managerial responsibilities. Many of our graduates work in advanced manufacturing. Some of our graduates further their education with advanced degrees in science, engineering, or business. Learn more about Careers in Mechanical Engineering.
Why study Mechanical Engineering at Alfred University?
- A hands-on engineering curriculum that introduces students to modern mechanical engineering tools during the first semester
- New facilities for designing and making objects using computer-aided design and advanced manufacturing methods
- New test facilities including a water tunnel, a wind tunnel, and test frames for measuring the strength of materials
- A student engineering project laboratory and machine shop for completing club projects like the Mini-Baja Racer, Human Power Vehicles, and Vex Robot Competitions
- A senior-design project that showcases your creative talents for solving real-world engineering problems
- Small class sizes and individual attention from a dedicated faculty
The Mechanical Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.