Undergraduate Program

Make a difference. Create a better world.

Whether your interests are in finding solutions to climate change, advancing medical care, improving product design and safety, making better robots or improving the design of high performance vehicles you’ll find what you are looking for in a Mechanical Engineering Program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, at the University of Utah.

Mission StatementProgram Educational ObjectivesStudent OutcomesEnrollment and Degrees Awarded

The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to conduct innovative research and to provide a world-class education that instill the professional, technical, critical-thinking, and communication skills necessary for students and faculty to make impactful contributions to society.

Within a few years after the completion of their degrees, graduates of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah should be:

  • Employed in an engineering or other field in a position that utilizes the knowledge and skills developed in the Mechanical Engineering program, and/or
  • Engaged in graduate studies in mechanical engineering or other technical field, and/or
  • Enrolled in a professional degree program, such as law, medicine or business, consistent with individual interests and career goals.
  • Practicing professional responsibility in dealing with a broad range of global issues that promote the well-being of society.

Prior to graduation, each student in the University of Utah Mechanical Engineering Bachelor of Science Program will demonstrate:

  1. A background and depth in mathematical, scientific and engineering principles sufficient to apply this knowledge to mechanical engineering problems.
  2. The ability to design and conduct experiments and subsequently analyze the resulting data for design or other engineering purposes.
  3. The ability to design a mechanical engineering system, component, or process for achieving a desired goal.
  4. The ability to use teamwork in pursuit of a multidisciplinary goal.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve mechanical engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of the professional and ethical responsibilities of a mechanical engineer.
  7. The ability to effectively communicate technical information in written reports and memos.
  8. The ability to effectively communicate technical information in oral presentations.
  9. The broad education to understand the impact of mechanical engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  10. An understanding of the need for, and the ability to remain current in engineering practices through lifelong learning.
  11. A knowledge of contemporary issues impacting engineering.
  12. Competency in the application of techniques and skills necessary for mechanical engineering practice.
  13. Competency in the application of modern computer-based tools for solving engineering problems.
  14. Participation in a capstone design project and optional participation in faculty-led research, cooperative internships, industrial design projects, and independent study projects.
  15. An ability to work professionally in thermal or mechanical systems, with knowledge of each area.

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org

What do mechanical engineers do?

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Mechanical Engineers (ME’s) look at the world and find ways to make things better. ME’s play a role in creating almost every human-made device, product or system – ranging from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to a nerve-controlled prosthetic arm to mountain bikes or snowboards. Mechanical Engineering is the broadest of all the engineering disciplines, so in addition to practicing as professional ME’s, many ME graduates use their technical knowledge as a basis to go on and get MBA’s and start their own businesses, or to become successful lawyers or MD’s.

Why Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah?

Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah is not your everyday classroom experience, as it combines advanced technical knowledge with plenty of hands-on practical and professional experience. Starting with ME 1000 in the first semester of the freshman year and culminating in the Senior Design capstone experience, ME students participate in hands-on, project-based learning every year of the four-year program. By their senior year, ME students have the skills to design and build, as part of a team, an actual device or product, such as an electric skateboard, a robotic hand, or a solar car. ME undergraduates at the University of Utah also have opportunities to work closely with the internationally renowned faculty on creative and critical research projects, and to participate in the research and development of solutions to diverse real-world problems.

Career Outlook

e-news-careerMechanical Engineering is a very broad engineering field, with wide applicability and excellent flexibility in terms of career paths. ME’s work in almost every technical field imaginable – including aerospace, automotive, biomedical engineering, computer-aided design and manufac­turing, energy production, environmental systems, robotics, and transportation. In addition, many ME graduates use their technical knowledge as a basis to go on and get MBA’s and start their own businesses, or to become successful lawyers and MD’s. ME’s work everywhere: in big and small cities, rural communi­ties and remote wilderness areas. Some work in business offices or classrooms, others in factories or research labs; some work outdoors—even in outer space! ME’s often work on teams with experts in different fields and interact with people from the world. The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah will provide you with a broad-based education that will empower you to succeed in a wide variety of challenging, interesting and rewarding careers with the potential to significantly contribute to the challenges faced by today’s society.


treadport2Mechanical Engineering is the broadest of all of the engineering disciplines. Areas of research include, but are not limited to:

  • Biomechanical Engineering
  • Composite Materials
  • Controls
  • Design
  • Energy Systems
  • Ergonomics & Safety
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Manufacturing
  • Microsystems & Nanosystems
  • Thermodynamics