Engineering - Mechanical Engineering BS

Department of Engineering


Mechanical Engineering



Program Description:

Mechanical engineering is a broad discipline covering a wide variety of potential specializations.  The varied and general nature of a mechanical engineering program allows graduates to take on a variety of roles in industry, and their career paths are largely determined by individual choices. Mechanical engineers research, develop, design, manufacture, and test tools, engines, machines, and other mechanical devices. They work on power-producing machines such as electric generators, fuel cells, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines, as well as power-using machines such as refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, machine tools, material handling systems, elevators and escalators, industrial production equipment, and robots used in manufacturing. Mechanical engineers also design tools that other engineers need for their work.  Mechanical engineers may work in production operations in manufacturing or agriculture, maintenance, or technical sales; many are administrators or managers. To learn more about the difference between Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Technology please visit the ABET website.

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) is designed with two areas of specialization contained within the general degree offering a combination which is unique in Connecticut. Through the choice of electives; students can opt for specializing in manufacturing or aerospace.  Both reflect on the strengths of our faculty, and on the high demand from local employers for these skills.  Students wishing to forge their own path can instead choose from a broad array of electives. 


The Mechanical Engineering graduate entering industry would most likely aspire to a position in conceptual design, systems engineering, manufacturing, or product research & development. Recent graduates of our program now work on the design and development of aircraft, aircraft components, satellites, rockets, fuel cells, medical devices, and motorcycles.