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Mechanical Engineering applies fundamental principles of mechanics and thermodynamics to design. Mechanical engineers are involved in the design, manufacture, and testing of essentially every product of modern society.

Mechanical engineers design almost everything that you would consider to be a machine, from jet airplanes to coffee pots to bicycles. Mechanical engineering applies the fundamental principles of mechanics and thermosciences to design. You can thank mechanical engineers for thrilling roller coaster rides like the Top Thrill Dragster. But mechanical engineering is not limited to just machines. It also influences products such as shoes, light bulbs, and even doors. There are mechanical engineering job opportunities in areas of air conditioning and refrigeration, automotives, manufacturing, welding, and robotics. Other careers cross over into other Engineering disciplines, working on everything from artificial organs to massive manufacturing machines.


  • Cardiovascular and Orthopedic Mechanics
  • Composite Vehicle Research
  • Energy and Automotive Research
  • Manufacturing and Advanced Cutting Tools
  • Vibrations and Controls


  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Biomedical & Pharmaceutical
  • Energy Production
  • Food Processing
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Manufacturing
  • Product Design
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Michigan State University
Engineering Building
428 S. Shaw Lane, Room 2555
East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1226
Phone: (517) 355-5131
Fax: (517) 353-1750

For more information please follow this link to the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program web page.