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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.

    • Stevens Institute of Technology

      Stevens Institute of Technology Save

      Castle Point On Hudson, Hoboken, NJ 07030
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      Stevens Institute of Technology is a primarily engineering oriented school located a short train ride away from New York City and not far from the national headquarters of hundreds of big time corporations. Stevens Tech has a stellar academic reputation, ... learn more

      Research University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Villanova University

      Villanova University Save

      800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085
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      "A very strong honors program, great colleges of engineering and business, and an all-around "excellent academic experience" lead students at Villanova University to proudly declare their school "the best school in the Northeast." Well-attended daily Masses and somewhat strict dorm ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Alternative, Master's University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

      Worcester Polytechnic Institute Save

      100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609
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      The first test-optional tech school, Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers a "Flex Path" so applicants can submit evidence of significant independent work in lieu of standardized testing. Invoking something like David vs. Goliath pride, WPI tour guides show visitors a model ... learn more

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

      United States Naval Academy Save

      121 Blake Road, Annapolis, MD 21402
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      The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis provides a stellar and rigorous education in the arts and sciences and, of course, training in military and naval service. Cadets eagerly anticipate the annual Army-Navy football game, perhaps the most historic of ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

      California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo Save

      One Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
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      Boasting one of the largest campuses in the country, Cal Poly is home to just over 20,000 undergrads. These individuals are enrolled in any of six different colleges and have the ability to pursue bachelor's degrees in 64 disciplines. All ... learn more

      Master's University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • The College of New Jersey

      The College of New Jersey Save

      2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ 08628
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      "Tuition is low, classes are small, and "the academic environment is fabulous" at The College of New Jersey. Though TCNJ is trying hard to shed its suitcase-school image, students say this suburban campus is dead on Friday afternoons. The campus ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Master's University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Boston University

      Boston University Save

      One Silber Way, Boston, MA 02215
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      Spread out along Commonwealth Avenue with the "T" tracks running right down the middle, BU is a great place for students who want the city more than a traditional campus. While there is a bit of grass on the back ... learn more

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

      University of the Pacific Save

      3601 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA 95211
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      "Students at University of the Pacific say they are "spoiled with" great professors "who are not only teachers in class, but friends on campus." Health sciences are the school's strongest suit (particularly popular with the students is "the incredible five-year ... learn more

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

      University of Connecticut Save

      352 Mansfield Road, Storrs, CT 06269
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      The University of Connecticut is a public school with a well-deserved reputation for quality education in the arts and sciences. All of UCONN's school facilities have recently gone under renovation, or is in the process of being renovated, giving the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Land Grant
    • University of San Diego

      University of San Diego Save

      5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110
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      The ridiculously beautiful campus of the University of San Diego is home to Spanish-style architecture, almost 90 degree programs, and a strong Catholic heritage. Jenny Craig served on the USD Board of Trustees from 1990 to 1996 and contributed a ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Stony Brook University

      Stony Brook University Save

      310 Administration Building, Stony Brook, NY 11794
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      "The State University of New York at Stony Brook is best known as a national-caliber graduate research center with a particular strength in the sciences and a "strong engineering program." Students praise the "excellent research facilities" and the library but ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Milwaukee School of Engineering

      Milwaukee School of Engineering Save

      1025 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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      The Milwaukee School of Engineering is something of a hidden gem: a small, private school in downtown Milwaukee that offer an array of engineering programs as well as programs in nursing, technology communications, and business. The school boasts a 5-year ... learn more

      Master's University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions

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