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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.

    • Baylor University

      Baylor University Save

      500 Speight Ave., Waco, TX 76798
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      "This Christian school in the Lone Star State has a "huge" Greek system and "tons of Bible studies and Christian activities." The unique Baylor Interdisciplinary Core Program eats up 41 credits in various subjects, emphasizes how they all relate, and ... learn more

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

      Syracuse University Save

      Crouse Hinds Hall, Suite 600, Syracuse, NY 13244
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      "Syracuse University in upstate New York is probably best known for its outstanding school of communications, which includes one of the nation's top broadcast journalism programs. Those programs are excellent, but this large, private, and "very challenging" institution also offers ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Rochester Institute of Technology

      Rochester Institute of Technology Save

      1 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester, NY 14623
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      If you can stand cold weather, Rochester Institute of Technology offers a demanding arts and technology school that has valuable relationships with major industries, state-of-the-art facilities, and an intense (but not cutthroat) student body. Located as it is in the ... learn more

      Alternative, Master's University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Christian Brothers University

      Christian Brothers University Save

      650 East Parkway South, Memphis, TN 38104
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      "All students receive a solid liberal arts education at Christian Brothers University, an affordable Catholic school "in the heart of" Memphis that is "small, yet diverse and rich in resources." Personal attention is available to the 1400 or so students ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Master's University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • University of Central Florida

      University of Central Florida Save

      4000 Central Florida Blvd, Orlando, FL 32816
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      The University of Central Florida enrolls nearly 45,000 undergraduate students and offers programs in the liberal arts as well as programs in business, education, and engineering, health sciences. UCF is located in Orlando, Florida and offers club sports in surfing ... learn more

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

      University of Missouri-Kansas City Save

      5100 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO 64110
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      The unique 6-year programs which combine a bachelor's degree with an M.D. or D.D.S. degree are one of the highlights at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. UMKC's park-like campus serves as the Missouri university system's performing arts home, and over ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • SUNY Maritime College

      SUNY Maritime College Save

      6 Pennyfield Avenue, Throggs Neck, NY 10465
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      "SUNY Maritime College is a college for the maritime and related industries in Throggs Neck, NY. The school says its main mission is to prepare men and women for careers in the maritime industry, including the U.S. Merchant Marine. Grads ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • University of Denver

      University of Denver Save

      2199 S. University Blvd, Denver, CO 80208
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      "Living right in Denver is a great experience," and the University of Denver offers "great academics set in a relaxed environment" with a wealth of degree programs and concentrations. Music, communications, international studies, and hotel and restaurant management are among ... learn more

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

      University of Hartford Save

      200 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117
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      The University of Hartford is located just two miles from downtown Hartford and offers a liberal arts education in areas from music to engineering to nursing. The school's 5,500 largely traditional undergraduate students can join the ham radio club, or ... learn more

      Master's University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Catholic University of America

      Catholic University of America Save

      620 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20064
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      "America's only Catholic university with a papal charter is dedicated to "all branches of literature and science, both sacred and profane." Though some students complain about the number of compulsory philosophy and religion courses, most agree that Catholic's immense and ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

      California State Polytechnic University-Pomona Save

      3801 West Temple Avenue, Pomona, CA 91768
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      Cal Poly Pomona, the second largest school in the Cal State system, is home to six different colleges including Agriculture, Hotel and Restaurant Management, and the hugely popular College of Engineering. On campus, you can visit the much-ballyhooed Arabian Horse ... learn more

      Master's University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Purdue University-Main Campus

      Purdue University-Main Campus Save

      Hovde Hall of Administration, West Lafayette, IN 47907
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      Purdue University in Indiana is one of the great buys of higher education, especially for Hoosiers, who make up the vast majority of the career-minded, math-oriented student population here. Great programs in business and engineering (one in five pursues an ... learn more

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

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    • There are 336 Mechanical Engineering Colleges.

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