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    Do you like to take things apart to find out how they work? Apply that curiosity to a career in mechanical engineering. You’ll learn to design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal devices, such as tools, engines and machines. The coursework includes research papers and gaining experience in a cooperative education program, applying what you’ve learning to real-world projects. Many programs are 5-year tracks.

    Typical classes include mechanical design, materials science, energy systems, thermodynamics, and heat transfer. Some graduates find work designing or analyzing manufacturing plants, industrial equipment and machinery, heat and cooling systems, medical devices, and even work in the fields of robotics and aerospace technology. Some mechanical engineers also sell their services, and in that case, must be properly licensed by the state they’re doing business in. Further education in graduate studies will foster a transition to managerial positions.

    Alfred Hitchcock studied mechanical engineering before falling in love with film. The same traits that would have made him a successful engineer—meticulous attention to detail and a creative problem solver—served him well in the motion picture industry.

    • Howard University

      Howard University Save

      2400 Sixth St NW, Washington, DC 20059
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      In the District of Columbia at the epicenter of American political power, offering significant graduate programs, especially in law and medicine, Howard University has an alumni roster that is a Who's Who of African American history. Most prominent might be ... learn more

      Research University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Historically Black College or University (HBCU), Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Drexel University

      Drexel University Save

      3141 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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      One of the fastest growing universities on the East Coast, Drexel offers much to anyone looking for urban, career-oriented, cooperative education. Its "Co-Op" program allows students to move back and forth between the classroom and the world of work, highly ... learn more

      Research University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Union University

      Union University Save

      1050 Union University Dr, Jackson, TN 38305
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      Small Southern Baptist-affiliated Union University offers a liberal arts and sciences education with a strongly Christian perspective. Union is located in Jackson, Tennessee, about 80 miles from Memphis, and more than two-thirds of students' rooms on campus have their own ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Master's University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Lawrence Technological University

      Lawrence Technological University Save

      21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48075
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      "Lawrence Technological University boasts an "industry-savvy" faculty dedicated to real world applications in areas including business, architecture, engineering, and arts and sciences. Lawrence Tech is located in Southfield, MI, a suburb of Detroit, near thousands of high-tech corporations of all ... learn more

      Master's University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • University of Massachusetts-Amherst

      University of Massachusetts-Amherst Save

      374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA 01003
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      "From sports management to communications disorders to biochemistry to political science to landscape architecture, UMass-Amherst has much to offer. There are many groups available to join. Among them: "the hang gliding club, dance team, animal rights coalition, and bridge club." learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Land Grant
    • Xavier University of Louisiana

      Xavier University of Louisiana Save

      One Drexel Drive, New Orleans, LA 70125
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      "Xavier University of Louisiana is the nation's only institution of higher learning that is historically African-American and Catholic. According to the U.S. Department of Education, of all the schools of all sizes, "Xavier continues to rank first nationally in the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Historically Black College or University (HBCU), Liberal Arts College, Religiously affiliated, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Kettering University

      Kettering University Save

      1700 University Avenue, Flint, MI 48504
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      "Located in Flint, MI, Kettering University provides a quality, career-oriented education in engineering, management, science, and math. About 2700 students attend Kettering, many no doubt because of its "100% cooperative education program" through which the average student earns $40,000 to ... learn more

      Master's University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Miami University-Oxford

      Miami University-Oxford Save

      501 East High St, Oxford, OH 45056
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      "The "Harvard of Ohio" is widely known for offering top-rate programs in combination with state school affordability, and students beam that Miami University "prides itself on its strong academic tradition and prepares its students well for their futures." The surrounding ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • University of Kentucky

      University of Kentucky Save

      South Limestone, Lexington, KY 40506
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      "Basketball is almost a religion" at the University of Kentucky, but students say the top-notch academics here are "the biggest strength of the school." "Accessible and helpful" profs are highly praised, and such pre-professional departments as business and management, communications, ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Land Grant
    • Mississippi State University

      Mississippi State University Save

      Lee Boulevard, Mississippi State, MS 39762
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      Mississippi State University, located about two hours from Jackson in Starkville, provides a comprehensive education with majors in just about everything. Mississippi State enrolls about 17,000 students, and has its own 8,000 acre experimental research forest, as well as a ... learn more

      Research University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Land Grant
    • Daniel Webster College

      Daniel Webster College Save

      20 University Dr, Nashua, NH 03063
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      Daniel Webster College is college with 632 students located in Nashua, NH. learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • University of Arkansas

      University of Arkansas Save

      Administration Bldg 425, Fayetteville, AR 72701
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      School spirit runs high at the University of Arkansas, where football games regularly attract over 70,000 screaming fans to the school's Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Aside from athletics, Greek life plays a big role on campus and many U of A ... learn more

      Research University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Land Grant

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