B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Program Overview

Mechanical engineering is a broad-based profession working with devices, systems and processes through analysis and design. Mechanical engineers’ knowledge of design helps advance the world through innovative solutions to complex challenges.

Program accreditation

Areas of emphasis

Aerospace
Electives such as aircraft propulsion and aerodynamics are offered in the aerospace area.

Automotive
Coursework covers combustion engines, composites and machine vibrations.

Automatic controls
Microcontrollers, digital systems and control systems analysis are courses offered in automatic controls.

Machine design
Experimental stress analysis, manufacturing processes and finite elements are topics covered.

Energy/sustainability
Thermal and fluid sciences concerning the use and production of energy and design of modern power systems are courses in energy/sustainability.

Additional areas of emphasis are available.

Nuclear option

Students can pursue a formal option in nuclear engineering, which encompasses areas such as nuclear power plant design, nuclear medicine and research of global issues.

Concurrent B.S./MBA

This dual degree offers students the opportunity to gain an educational foundation in mechanical engineering while preparing to be business leaders.

Mechanical engineering academic areas

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Hear why K-State students chose to study mechanical engineering.

 

Make an Impact

As designers and innovators, mechanical engineers combine science and mathematics to benefit humankind. Mechanical engineers impact the world through —

  • developing new uses for technological discoveries.
  • creating components, systems or processes to meet needs.
  • devising new or improved production processes.
  • using expertise as specialists to help others with technical problems.
  • designing the next generation of transportation.
  • finding energy-efficient solutions for current challenges.
90% career placement
$65,034 average starting salary

Career opportunities

Mechanical engineering graduates pursue careers as —

  • aerospace engineer
  • automotive engineer
  • project manager
  • manufacturing engineer
  • environmental engineer
  • consultant
  • logistics director
  • nuclear reactor designer
  • production supervisor
  • design engineer

The mechanical engineering program encourages students to take and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam prior to graduation to have the option of pursuing professional licensure during their careers.

Internships

Internships allow mechanical engineering students to gain industry experience in the summers during their collegiate careers. Internships provide a competitive edge when graduates look for permanent positions.

K-State mechanical engineering alumni live in all 50 states and 41 countries.

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Career placement and salary data provided by the K-State Career Center. Career placement includes 2019-2020 K-State mechanical engineering graduates who are employed or enrolled in graduate or professional schools within six months of graduation.