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Mechanical Engineering

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ABOUT MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Mechanical engineering plays a key role in various industries including computers, robotics, aerospace, energy, health, automation and manufacturing. Those studying mechanical engineering use motion, energy and force to design and produce machines that solve problems.  

GREAT THINGS HAPPENING IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

mechanical engineering student works on computer

Industry experience
WSU Tri-Cities mechanical engineering students gain real-world industry experience through their studies. Students connect with local professionals in the center of the Tri-Cities Research District.

Professor Changki Mo working on apple-picking robot

Creative problem solving
Mechanical engineering assistant professor Changki Mo works with WSU Tri-Cities engineers and scientists to create a robot that will pick apples as efficiently as people and alleviate labor shortages.

Mechanical engineering team working on solar water purifier

Global research
A WSU Tri-Cities student mechanical engineering team created a working prototype of a solar water purifier that they hope will one-day be used in developing countries where access to clean water is scarce.

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COURSES:

You will take courses that cover a wide range of subjects in mechanical engineering, which could include:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Nuclear engineering 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Thermodynamics 
  • Fluid dynamics 
  • Thermal systems 
  • Mechatronics 

UNIQUE BENEFITS OF STUDYING AT WSU TRI-CITIES:

The mechanical engineering program emphasizes both analysis and design while providing hands-on experiences. Engineering internship programs allow students to gain industry experience during their academic career. 

The WSU Tri-Cities mechanical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET – the most prestigious accreditation awarded to a mechanical engineering program.  Accreditation assures that a program has met quality standards set by the profession. To employers, graduate schools, and licensure, certification, and registration boards, graduation from an accredited program signifies adequate preparation for entry into the profession. 

RELATED FIELDS:

  • Aerospace 
  • Robotics 
  • Biotechnology
  • Nanotechnology 
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) 

CAREERS:

Career outcomes in mechanical engineering
WSU Tri-Cities mechanical engineering graduates exceed state and national passing rates on the national Fundamentals of Engineering Exam. Many students are given employment opportunities even before they graduate.

WSU Tri-Cities alumni from the past 10 years who work in Washington State have the following occupations and salary:

$63,517

Estimated salary of mechanical engineering alumni

Jobs held by WSU Tri-Cities mechanical engineering graduates:
Mechanical Engineer Machinist Operator | Nuclear Engineer | Production Supervisor | Research and Design Engineer | Field Service Technician | Reliability Engineer

Data provided by EMSI.