MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

WHAT IS MECHANICAL ENGINEERING?

Mechanical Engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines and uses principles of motion, energy, and force.  An easy way to think of mechanical engineers is they work with anything that moves, from components to the human body. Mechanical Engineers research, design, develop, manufacture, build, maintain and test mechanical and thermal products, sensors, and devices.

WHAT DOES A MECHANICAL ENGINEER DO?

Mechanical Engineers work in a wide variety of industries. Some common tasks include: 

  • Examining and evaluating situations to incorporate potential fixes through the use of mechanical and thermal devices 

  • Utilizing analysis and computer-aided design to develop/redevelop mechanical and thermal devices or subsystems

  • Scrutinizing machine operations and suggesting improvements, optimizations and fixes

  • Creating and testing improvements for product, device or process designs

  • Adjusting prototypes or systems as needed based on test results

  • Supervising the production process for a product or device

CONCENTRATIONS

Although not required, MSU Mechanical Engineering majors can add a concentration to align with a specific academic or career interest. Concentrations include:

Aerospace

Automotive Powertrain

 Biomedical

Computational Design

Cryogenic Engineering

Energy

Engineering Mechanics

Global Engineering

Manufacturing Engineering

TOP INDUSTRIES

Explore the most common industries associated with MSU Mechanical Engineering graduates. Determine which industries fit you best in order to guide your search for job titles and companies you may want to work for!

Automotive

Manufacturing

Defense

Utilities & Renewable Energy

Aerospace

Higher Education

Medical Devices

Number of ME graduates placed per industry from 2018-2020. 

COMMON JOB TITLES

Learn about some of the most common job titles among MSU Mechanical Engineering graduates. Utilize Handshake to search for the specific job titles that interest you the most and see the specific skills and experiences employers are looking for so that you can start developing them now!

Mechanical Engineer

Product Engineer

Design Engineer

Manufacturing Engineer

Project Engineer

Process/Production Engineer

Quality Engineer

Number of ME graduates placed for each of the top job titles from 2007-2020. Descriptions via The Center

TOP EMPLOYERS

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General Motors

Ford Motor Company

Williams International

Stellantis

Nissan

Michigan State University

Nexteer Automotive

GE

Number of ME graduates placed for the top full time employers from 2018-2020. Descriptions via LinkedIn and Handshake

DESTINATION DATA

Learn about the specific data associated with Mechanical Engineering graduates so that you can better understand the average compensation and placement rates within the major.   

90.3%
Placement Rate
(Employment/Education)

$70,752
Average Starting
Salary

$19.20/hr
Intern Average
Hourly Wage 

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STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Connect with other engineering students by joining a student organization! Some of the organizations related to the ME major include:

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Formula Racing Team

MSU Rocketry Team

MSU STARX Team

Pi Tau Sigma

Society of Automotive Engineers Baja

VEX Robotics

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ADVISING APPOINTMENT

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