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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.

    • Brigham Young University-Provo

      Brigham Young University-Provo Save

      Main Campus, Provo, UT 84602
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      "You'll find a one-of-a-kind academic and religious experience at demanding Brigham Young University, a wonderful place for "physical, spiritual, and mental development" where a whopping 99% of the tremendously homogeneous and "straight arrow" students at BYU belong to the Mormon ... learn more

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

      LeTourneau University Save

      2100 S Mobberly Ave, Longview, TX 75607
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      LeTourneau University is a Christian school located two hours from Dallas that offers programs in the technological studies, as well as the arts and sciences. About 4000 students are enrolled. The surrounding town of Longview is home to the Great ... learn more

      Master's University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Religiously affiliated
    • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

      University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Save

      100 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
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      Located near the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the University of Minnesota is one of the largest schools in the country and its students are quick to praise the level of school pride and student engagement. Though the ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Land Grant
    • Illinois Institute of Technology

      Illinois Institute of Technology Save

      3300 S Federal St, Chicago, IL 60616
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      Illinois Institute of Technology - a demanding, math and science oriented school on the South Side of Chicago - requires students to complete two Interprofessional Projects before graduation. IPROs, as they're known, bring together undergrads and grad students from different ... learn more

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

      University of Kansas Save

      Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 230, Lawrence, KS 66045
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      The University of Kansas boasts first-rate pre-professional schools in architecture and engineering, and is also strong in pharmacy, nursing, journalism, and education. KU's library draws raves, and the are students rate the computer facilities very highly. learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • University of Maryland-College Park

      University of Maryland-College Park Save

      College Park, MD 20742
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      "The very affordable University of Maryland is a major research university that offers a "professional atmosphere" and, for those who qualify, an exemplary Honors program. Maryland's core curriculum requires students to fulfill a wide range of distribution requirements and then, ... learn more

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

      Southern Methodist University Save

      6425 Boaz St, Dallas, TX 75275
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      "Excellent" professors and tremendous business and management programs make Southern Methodist a great choice. Students here definitely "love SMU" thanks to a "small, interacting student body," a "beautiful campus," and metropolitan Dallas, a "fun town" if there ever was one." learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • San Diego State University

      San Diego State University Save

      5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, CA 92182
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      San Diego State University's student population of 35,695 is among the most diverse in the nation. SDSU offers a vast array of programs - from the fine arts to engineering to vocational programs, you'll find virtually everything here. Students can ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

      University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus Save

      4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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      The University of Pittsburgh is a large, research-oriented public university with especially strong programs in health sciences (health information management, pre-med, pre-pharmacy, physical therapy, etc.) and engineering. Students also mention that English, philosophy, and business and management have excellent programs. learn more

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

      University of California-Riverside Save

      900 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92521
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      The Riverside campus of the University of California is located about an hour from Los Angeles. Riverside offers programs ranging from the liberal arts to business to a fast-track, seven-year M.D.program. For athletic excellence, check out the men and women's ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Land Grant
    • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

      University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Save

      601 E John Street, Champaign, IL 61820
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      The University of Illinois is a very big state school with a very big Greek system that is a great bargain for in-state students (which is pretty much everybody). A good education is easily within reach here for students who ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Land Grant
    • The University of Texas at Dallas

      The University of Texas at Dallas Save

      800 West Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080
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      It's pretty easy to figure out where the University of Texas at Dallas is located. It's in Richardson, Texas, of course, one of the cities in the sprawling Dallas metropolitan area. The undergraduate population here is evenly balanced between males ... learn more

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

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    • There are 336 Mechanical Engineering Colleges.

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