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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.

    • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

      University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Save

      503 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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      Long regarded as one of the so-called "Public Ivies," Michigan offers everything from the Residential College, a human-scaled liberal arts experience within the context of a major research university, to the "Big House," a football stadium that holds more than ... learn more

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

      Bucknell University Save

      One Dent Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837
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      "Although it's isolated from "any form of civilization," Bucknell University is the ultimate college experience, according to its students. Here in the "hidden valley," you can have the multiplicity of majors and research opportunities offered by a huge, impersonal state ... learn more

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

      University of California-Irvine Save

      501 Aldrich Hall, Irvine, CA 92697
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      The Irvine campus of the University of California is located about an hour from Los Angeles, and provides a research-oriented education in the arts and sciences. Irvine's programs in science are legendary. The school is a mere five minutes from ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • University of Rochester

      University of Rochester Save

      Wilson Blvd. - Wallis Hall, Rochester, NY 14627
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      "The "tough" but "extremely rewarding" University of Rochester has traditionally been known best for math and science but the "home of the Bausch & Lomb scholars and Xerox" has enough diversity in its academic offerings to "dispel the myth that ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • United States Military Academy

      United States Military Academy Save

      646 Swift Rd (ATTN: MASG), West Point, NY 10996
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      Better known as West Point, the United States Military Academy provides one of the premier educations in the arts and sciences available in nation, and students here get to use live ammunition. Training ranges from the liberal arts to engineering ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Northeastern University

      Northeastern University Save

      360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
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      Not long ago a commuter school with convenient "T" service running down the middle of Huntington Avenue, Northeastern has made the most of Boston's long-running general allure for many students, and Cooperative Education's specific appeal to this career-oriented generation and ... learn more

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

      University of California-Santa Barbara Save

      Santa Barbara, CA 93106
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      The laid back University of California's Santa Barbara campus enrolls about 19,000 undergraduate students in a variety of programs in the liberal arts and sciences to business and technology. Student's claim the Santa Barbara campus has one of the nation's ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • Lehigh University

      Lehigh University Save

      27 Memorial Drive West, Bethlehem, PA 18015
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      Set on a slope so steep that a graduate invented the escalator after one too many hikes from his classes and dining hall back up to his dorm room, Lehigh University offers strong programs not only in engineering, but also ... learn more

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

      University of Tulsa Save

      800 South Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK 74104
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      The University of Tulsa is an urban school in a large metropolitan area that is affiliated with the Presbyterian church. Study abroad opportunities are available in over 25 countries and the school offers a variety of majors including engineering, psychology, ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • University of Miami

      University of Miami Save

      University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 33146
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      Located in suburban Coral Gables rather than where parents fear—on South Beach—the University of Miami is a rising star among private universities, in large part due to the unflagging efforts of Donna Shalala. Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin before ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • California State University-Long Beach

      California State University-Long Beach Save

      1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840
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      Thanks to the exceptional President's Scholars Program (which awards scholarships of $25,000 and up), there are more state high school valedictorians at beachfront Long Beach State than any other California school. There are also great women's volleyball and softball teams, ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Master's University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • University of California-Davis

      University of California-Davis Save

      One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616
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      The Davis campus of the University of California is located in rural Davis, near Sacramento. The school's programs run the gamut from the arts and sciences to business and education, and students here give high marks to the school's technology ... learn more

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

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