B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Program overview

The Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering provides students with an understanding of the design, development, analysis and testing of machines, devices and processes that improve the quality of life. Mechanical engineering is a broad-based profession and mechanical engineers’ knowledge of design helps advance the world through innovative solutions to complex challenges.

Program accreditation

Areas of emphasis

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

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.

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 construction, nuclear engineering operations and regulations, and radiation sensing and instrumentation.

Accelerated programs

Dual degrees offers students the opportunity to gain an educational foundation in mechanical engineering while preparing to be business leaders.

  • Accelerated B.S./M.S. in mechanical engineering
  • Accelerated B.S. in mechanical engineering and M.S. in nuclear engineering
  • Accelerated B.S. in mechanical engineering and Masters of Business Administration

Key academic areas

Mechanical engineering academic areas

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Why mechanical engineering?

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.
98% career placement
$71,740 average starting salary

Career opportunities

Mechanical engineering graduates pursue careers as —

  • aerospace engineers
  • automotive engineers
  • project managers
  • manufacturing engineers
  • environmental engineers
  • logistics directors
  • nuclear reactor designers
  • production supervisors
  • design engineers

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 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 K-State College of Engineering graduates who are employed or enrolled in graduate or professional schools within six months of graduation.