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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.

    • Lafayette College

      Lafayette College Save

      High St, Easton, PA 18042
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      On a hill above Easton, Pennsylvania, 75 miles from New York City, Lafayette College combines the personal-attention virtues of the liberal arts with a professional engineering program and the campus spirit of Division I athletics. Competing with nearby Lehigh in ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Religiously affiliated, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • United States Coast Guard Academy

      United States Coast Guard Academy Save

      15 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT 06320
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      Located halfway between New York and Boston in New London, CT, the United States Coast Guard Academy (the smallest of the five service academies) provides a physically, personally, and academically rigorous education. The 1000 or so cadets here study programs ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

      Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus Save

      225 North Ave, Atlanta, GA 30332
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      Located in the heart of metropolitan Atlanta and visible from the interstate that runs north-south through the city, Georgia Tech is a demanding institution that rewards hard work. As one graduate put it, "I didn't always like it when I ... learn more

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

      George Washington University Save

      2121 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052
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      GW is to DC what NYU is to NYC and BU is to Boston: a busy urban experience that doesn't just speak, but fairly shouts to the career-oriented pre-professional. Located in the Foggy Bottom section of Washington, close by the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

      Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Save

      110 8th St, Troy, NY 12180
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      "Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a top-flight engineering school (with strong computer science and business and management departments) where mostly male, "bookish" students hit the books furiously and occasionally road trip, go to a frat party, or watch the perennially competitive ... learn more

      Research University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • The University of Texas at Austin

      The University of Texas at Austin Save

      2400 Inner Campus Drive, Austin, TX 78712
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      A Democratic stronghold in the reddest of Red States, UT-Austin combines proud traditions of academic and athletic—especially football—excellence. The Plan II Honors Program is one of the nation's oldest public university offerings for scholars, and "Hook ‘Em, Horns"—for the Texas ... learn more

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

      Union College Save

      807 Union St, Schenectady, NY 12308
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      Union College provides rigorous liberal arts, science and engineering programs that cater to the individual paths of over 2000 undergraduate students. The campus, which is located about three hours from New York City in Schenectady, is the nation's first to ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • University of Florida

      University of Florida Save

      355 Tigert Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611
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      If the Gator Nation isn't widely thought of a first-rate public institution yet, campus leaders in Gainesville won't stop trying until Florida has that status. An advertising campaign a few years back had a picture not of the campus but ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Land Grant
    • Case Western Reserve University

      Case Western Reserve University Save

      10900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106
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      "Small classes, world class facilities, and "brilliant" professors are what you'll find at this "sleeper" school in Cleveland. While Case Western is widely known for churning out topflight engineers, the "very studious, serious, diverse, and conservative" students report that the ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Colorado School of Mines

      Colorado School of Mines Save

      1500 Illinois St, Golden, CO 80401
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      "Colorado School of Mines is a small, prestigious, and "very difficult" engineering school where students often "do homework seven days a week." The "predominantly introverted" students at CSM "do math" for fun, or surf their idle hours away on the ... learn more

      Research University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • SUNY at Binghamton

      SUNY at Binghamton Save

      4400 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal, NY 13850
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      Binghamton University offers a top-notch education at a state-school price. Pre-professional programs, most notably in psychology, accounting, and nursing, are particularly strong here, and students say on-campus activities are varied and plentiful. learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • University of Washington-Seattle Campus

      University of Washington-Seattle Campus Save

      1400 NE Campus Parkway, Seattle, WA 98195
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      "The University of Washington - "the premier research institution north of Berkeley and west of Minnesota" - boasts thirteen colleges that offer programs for undergraduates and a picturesque and very happening Seattle location. There are a slew of "outdoorsy types" ... learn more

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

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    • There are 336 Mechanical Engineering Colleges.

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