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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.

    • Santa Clara University

      Santa Clara University Save

      500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053
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      "Academic life at Catholic Santa Clara University is dictated by an academic calendar divided into three "fast-paced" ten-week sessions that really keep the undergraduates here on their toes. Students "like the individual attention" they receive from their "very encouraging" and ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Alternative, Master's University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • California State University-Sacramento

      California State University-Sacramento Save

      6000 J St, Sacramento, CA 95819
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      "One of four entering first-year students at California's Capital University" - has a 3.5 GPA or higher. While they are here, CSUS students take advantage of the abundant internships and employment opportunities available in Sacramento, the seat of California state ... learn more

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

      Clemson University Save

      201 Sikes Hall, Clemson, SC 29634
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      Clemson is a reasonably large public university in South Carolina that offers small classes (for the most part), several strong pre-professional programs, and a proud football tradition (though the team has been a bit down in recent years). The department ... learn more

      Research University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Land Grant
    • Ohio State University-Main Campus

      Ohio State University-Main Campus Save

      190 N. Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210
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      Wearing the school colors, scarlet and gray, is a must at Ohio State University. If you love school spirit, a campus heavily involved with sports, big lectures, and caring professors, Ohio State is the school for you. Located on a ... learn more

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

      Loyola Marymount University Save

      One Lmu Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045
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      On a plateau from which one can see nearby Santa Monica and the Pacific Ocean, Loyola Marymount offers a Jesuit experience in the context of Los Angeles, a city probably better known for Hollywood and movie industry excesses than Roman ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Master's University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • University of Wisconsin-Madison

      University of Wisconsin-Madison Save

      500 Lincoln Dr, Madison, WI 53706
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      Located between lakes good for iceboating in winter and within sight of the state capitol dome, UW-Madison is an historic focal point for Midwestern progressive politics in one of the nation's great university towns. A campus leader of Vietnam-era Students ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Land Grant
    • Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

      Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus Save

      201 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802
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      Having weathered the child sex-abuse scandal that went unreported in the football program of once all-but-locally-deified football coach Joe Paterno, Penn State is making its way forward with admirable resilience. The Schreyer Honors College offers scholars a great opportunity to ... learn more

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

      Florida State University Save

      222 S. Copeland Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306
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      Once a women's college largely in the business of training teachers, Florida State went coeducational, made a major commitment to football, and never looked back. 50 years ago a running back from West Palm Beach known as Buddy Reynolds showed ... learn more

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

      University of Delaware Save

      104 Hullihen Hall, Newark, DE 19716
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      "In-staters and students from all over the Northeast converge on the University of Delaware, a "very-student oriented" college with easily accessible professors. Lively Main Street runs literally through "absolutely the most gorgeous campus anywhere." learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Land Grant
    • University of Illinois at Chicago

      University of Illinois at Chicago Save

      601 S Morgan, Chicago, IL 60607
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      University of Illinois at Chicago is college with 16671 students located in Chicago, IL. learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • University of South Florida-Main Campus

      University of South Florida-Main Campus Save

      4202 East Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33620
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      The University of South Florida, which is located ten miles north of downtown Tampa, is home to botanical gardens, a planetarium, and a weather station for research. There's also a championship golf course, swimming pools, art galleries, and the Sun ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Polytechnic Institute of New York University

      Polytechnic Institute of New York University Save

      Six Metrotech Ctr, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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      Polytechnic Institute of New York University, located in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, offers an outstanding education in science and technology. Polytechnic is the second oldest of its type in the nation, and it enrolls about 4500 undergraduate ... learn more

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

    Facts About Colleges with Mechanical Engineering Majors

    • There are 336 Mechanical Engineering Colleges.

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