Mechanical Engineering (ME) provides hands-on and broad training in a wide variety of essential engineering topics, such as design and manufacturing, materials, thermal/fluid sciences, and controls, enabling our students to have a major impact on society. ME students benefit from an integrated, hands-on design sequence of five courses beginning in the freshmen year. One third of our ME students pursue graduate school and the rest pursue industry positions upon graduation.
- MATH 221—Calculus I
- MATH 231—Calculus II
- PHYS 211—University Physics: Mechanics
- PHYS 212—University Physics: Electricity & Magnetism
- CS 101—Introduction to Computing: Engineering & Science
- ME 170—Computer-Aided Design
- TAM 210—Introduction to Statics
Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.
There are a variety of professions that Mechanical Engineering students pursue. They are solving today’s most pressing technological challenges in energy and the environment, biology and health care, security and defense, transportation, micro-nano technology, design and manufacturing, robotics, and many other areas. Our students also gain problem-solving and communication skills to excel in non-traditional areas like finance, management, business, medicine, and law.
- Communicate effectively
- Design and conduct experiments
- Knowledge of contemporary issues
- Problem solving
- Understanding of technology
- Understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
- Mechanical Engineer
- Aerodynamics Engineer
- Automotive Engineer
- Structural Engineer
- Design Engineer
- Process Engineer
- Packaging Engineer
- Manufacturing Engineer
- Robotics Engineer
- Safety Engineer
- Project Manager
- Technical Consultant
- Technical Sales Engineer
- Quality Assurance Manager
- Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant
- Patent Lawyer Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree.
Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree.
- Participating in undergraduate research
- Participating in MechSE research
- Applying for a study abroad experience
- Utilizing resources of The Career Center and Engineering Career Services
- Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers: provides students with an open-membership society that creates a dynamic bridge between students, faculty, and corporations.
- Other professional organizations that Mechanical Engineering students participate in can be found on mechse.illinois.edu/student-experience.
There are several professional organizations dedicated to Mechanical Engineering. Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Mechanical Engineering. These organizations include American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Society of Automotive Engineers.
MechSE Undergraduate Programs Office – Temporary Location: 152 Computer Applications Building 605 East Springfield Ave. Champaign, IL 61820.
Phone Number: (217) 333-0366, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org