Mechanical engineering, one of the broadest engineering disciplines,  involves the application of physical principles for analysis, design, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems. Fundamental topics covered in mechanical engineering are: statics, dynamics, strength of materials, solid mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, refrigeration and air conditioning, kinematics (including robotics), manufacturing technology, mechatronics and control theory. Mechanical engineers are also expected to understand and be able to apply concepts from chemistry and electrical engineering.

The UCCS Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering program provides students with a strong foundation in engineering science along with the ability to apply this knowledge to solve many engineering problems; as well providing a broad understanding of their social and cultural environment, particularly in the context of professional responsibilities and ethics.

Career Possibilities:

Aerospace Engineer
Industrial Engineer
Materials Engineer
Naval Architect
Marine Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Mining and Geological Engineer
Mining Safety Engineer
Rail Transportation Technician
Water Transportation Technician
Construction Equipment Operator
Engineering Technician
Interior Designer
Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Service Technician
Sales Engineer
Technical Writer
Electrical Engineer
Engineering and Natural Science Manager
Science Technicians
Civil Engineer
Applicable UCCS Graduate Programs:
Master of Sciences in Chemistry
Master of Sciences in Physics
Master of Sciences in Mathematics
Master of Sciences in Mechanical Engineering
Master of Engineering
Distance Masters of Engineering in Space Operations
Distance Masters of Engineering in Engineering Management



Mechanical Engineer Statistics:
Median Wages: $65,210
Employment in 2002: 215,000 employees
Projected Need for 2002-2012: 69,000 additional employees
Mechanical Engineer Technician Statistics:
Median Wages: $42,650
Employment in 2002: 55,000 employees
Projected Need for 2002-2012: 18,000 additional employees
Starting Salaries for Mechanical Engineers with a:
Bachelor Degree: $50,236
Master Degree: $59,880
Ph.D.: $68,299


UCCS Clubs:

Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)
Eta Kappa Nu (Engineering)
National Soc. Of Black Engineers (NSBE)
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)


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