Mechanical engineers have played a central role in the technological development of Western civilization by creating and improving a wide variety of machines and systems used by industry and the general public. These professionals combine theory and practice to design and fabricate mechanical and thermal equipment such as tools, engines and machines.

TU’s bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering offers hands-on classroom experiences and interactive research opportunities to help students compete in a global marketplace. Small class sizes encourage interaction among peers and faculty. The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

Students complete courses rooted in mathematical and scientific basics before advancing to theoretical work and laboratory experiments in their final semesters. Creativity is fostered through innovative design projects where seniors work together in small teams to design and build products for local industry and community service initiatives.

Students are encouraged to compete in regional and national engineering competitions with projects centered on their research or design work. Many students participate in valuable internships with well-respected engineering firms to prepare for challenging and fulfilling professional roles or graduate programs.

Program Objectives

Bachelor of Science

Program Educational Objectives of the mechanical engineering program are to prepare graduates such that, within a few years of graduation, they have:

  • Established an engineering career in the global marketplace and/or
  • Begun graduate studies in engineering or another professional field

Degree Options

Mechanical Engineering, B.S.M.E.

Prepares students for careers in manufacturing, engineering, research and development and government platforms.

Typical Four-Year Schedule

To Be a Mechanical EngineerMechanical Engineering Graphics
Engineering Applications ProgrammingGeneral Physics I
General Chemistry I and LabGeneral Physics I Lab
Calculus ICalculus II
Exposition & Argumentation*Block I – Aesthetic Inquiry & Creative Experience
Block I – Aesthetic Inquiry & Creative Experience
ThermodynamicsMechanics of Materials
General Physics IIDifferential Equations
General Physics II LabElectrical Engineering Science
Calculus IIIBasic Electrical Measurements Lab
Block II – Historical & Social InterpretationEnergy Conversion
Manufacturing ProcessesMachine Dynamics
Properties of MaterialsComputational Elective
Instrumentation and MeasurementsThermofluids
Introductory Fluid MechanicsHeat Transfer
Block II – Historical & Social InterpretationWriting for the Professions
Block II - Historical & Social InterpretationBlock II - Historical & Social Interpretation
General Chemistry II or General Physics IIIGeneral Elective
Mechanical Engineering ElectiveMath or Science Elective
System Dynamics & ControlsInterdisciplinary Design Projects
Mechanical Engineering DesignEngineering Economics
*Introduction to College Writing or its equivalent may be a prerequisite in some cases.
+The language requirement may be fulfilled with Spanish, German, French or Russian.
++Courses that fulfill Blocks I, II, and III are listed each semester in the advising center and in the university schedule of courses.

Professional Opportunities

  • Power generation engineer
  • Fluid mechanics engineer
  • Automotive engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Cryogenics engineer