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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.

    • Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

      Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art Save

      7 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003
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      No longer able to afford its tuition-free deal for all students but still generous to those with demonstrated need, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art continues to offer outstanding candidates a superb education in art, architecture ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Cornell University

      Cornell University Save

      300 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853
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      Cornell University, a private, land-grant research university in the Ivy League, is located in the Finger Lakes region of New York. It boasts seven undergraduate colleges (not to mention campuses in New York City and Qatar and facilities in New ... learn more

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

      Tufts University Save

      Medford, MA 02155
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      The largest in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), and more small university than true liberal arts college, Tufts is on a hill in sight of nearby Boston. Given the Fletcher (Graduate) School of Diplomacy, there is a ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • University of Notre Dame

      University of Notre Dame Save

      400 Main Building, Notre Dame, IN 46556
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      Catholic priests were on their way to found a college in California when they came upon a lake in Indiana, prayed, and decided Notre Dame had her home. Its Golden Dome has been famous since Knute Rockne's football triumphs of ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Johns Hopkins University

      Johns Hopkins University Save

      3400 N Charles St, Mason Hall, Baltimore, MD 21218
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      Originally founded as a research university for graduate students, Johns Hopkins backed into undergraduate education in a way different from most elite institutions. More serious of mind than its Ivy League rivals, Hopkins hosts plays at the Division I level ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • University of California-Berkeley

      University of California-Berkeley Save

      200 California Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720
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      The University of California was once the envy of all interested in low-cost, high-quality public higher education. The reputation of Berkeley may have reached its zenith before the Vietnam-era campus protests that associated "Berzerkley" with nearby "People's Park," and the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Land Grant
    • University of Southern California

      University of Southern California Save

      University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089
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      The oldest private research university in California, USC enrolls about 19,000 undergrads and 24,000 grad students in 22 different schools, colleges, and units, ranging from the traditional — accounting, public policy, business — to the brand-new — arts, technology, and ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • University of California-Los Angeles

      University of California-Los Angeles Save

      405 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90095
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      The distinguished Los Angeles campus of the University of California enrolls about 27,000 undergraduate students, and offers a wide range of programs including respected pre-med programs. The educational and extracurricular opportunities on campus are vast, but require student initiative, and ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • University of Virginia-Main Campus

      University of Virginia-Main Campus Save

      1827 University Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903
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      Founded and originally designed by statesman, scholar and architect Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia has the heritage and pedigree of the nation's finest private institutions, with the funding and admissions realities of a flagship public institution. Given that the ... learn more

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

      Carnegie Mellon University Save

      5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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      "School, friends, food, sleep: Choose three. That's Carnegie Mellon," according to the "incredibly intelligent engineer types" and "flamboyant drama majors" at this "rigorous" school. Excellent programs include engineering, computer science, business, architecture, and a well-respected School of Drama with several ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • United States Air Force Academy

      United States Air Force Academy Save

      2304 Cadet Drive, Suite 3800, USAFA, CO 80840
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      The enormous campus of the United States Air Force Academy is located near Colorado Springs, Colorado, about 80 miles from Denver. USAF offers a range of educational options, from the liberal arts to engineering and technology, and students here get ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Liberal Arts College, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • University of California-San Diego

      University of California-San Diego Save

      9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093
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      The San Diego campus of the University of California is actually located in the quaint community of La Jolla. UCSD offers a solid liberal arts and science education, and its engineering and science programs are rated particularly high. For fun, ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University

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    • There are 336 Mechanical Engineering Colleges.

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