Mechanical Engineering (B.S. in Engineering)

Mechanical engineers are creative and practical. They are highly skilled innovators who solve complex problems for society. When you study mechanical engineering at Western, you will be challenged to develop these professional skills in a hands-on approach to learning that lets you experiment with ideas in 75+ labs. And, you will focus on the areas of mechanical engineering that best meet your goals, including concentrations in automotive or solid mechanics and structures.

Pride points

  • 96% of mechanical and aerospace engineering graduates are working or continuing their education

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  • $70K - $80K median starting salary for College of Engineering and Applied Sciences graduates

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  • 97% of College of Engineering and Applied Sciences graduates participated in experience-driven learning

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What can I do with a mechanical engineering degree from Western?

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in mechanical engineering are working in a variety of industries and companies, including:

Designing your career

  • Aerospace
  • Architectural design
  • Automotive
  • Communications
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Manufacturing
  • Robotics


  • Bosch
  • Cisco Systems
  • Cummins
  • General Motors
  • Parker Hannifin
  • Pfizer
  • Stryker
  • Tekna
  • Zoetis

Renee Cilluffo

  • I chose mechanical engineering because I wanted to develop an intuition for how to make my ideas tangible and feasible. Being a part of projects from conception to fruition brings me to life.

    Renee Cilluffo, mechanical engineering student

Resources and opportunities

Student built Formula car for Bronco Racing Team


What will I study in mechanical engineering?

Our approach to your success includes a hands-on curriculum that lets you experiment with ideas in 75+ labs. The challenging curriculum is led by supportive faculty who are leaders in their fields  and who will guide your academic progress. Through student organizations, tutoring centers and study groups, you will not only learn but make life-long friends. Once you graduate, you will be ready to drive innovation.

  • Course topics
    • Technical Communication
    • Engineering Graphics
    • Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
    • Thermodynamics
    • Materials Science
    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Fluid Mechanics
    • Mechanism Analysis
    • Engineering Experimentation
    • Heat Transfer
    • Dynamics

    The WMU catalog provides detailed requirement information.

  • Co-op information: ME 3990

    Cooperative education is considered an optional program for a broad engineering education and is highly encouraged by the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering faculty. Cooperative education is not a required component of the ME program.

    Procedure to acquire credit for the experience

    Students may register for ME 3990 cooperative experience during fall and spring semesters if the cooperative experience is a full time experience. Prior to registration, approval by a mechanical engineering academic advisor is required. Credit may be acquired for summer experiences if they are full time and cover the period of enrollment for both Summer I and Summer II sessions. In this case, the co-op has to be approved before Summer I. For this cooperative education to be a full time experience, during the semester that the student is registered for ME 3990, the student can register for one course.

    Cooperative experiences for credit are coordinated through the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

    The cooperative experience can start after the freshman year. The cooperative experience will allow students to engage in several periods of work experiences coordinated with WMU studies. These experiences must be directly related to the student’s majors.

    During the cooperative semester, which is a full time employment experience, domestic and international students who are registered for ME 3990 will have full-time student status (equivalent full time).

    The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, through its career services office will:

    • Help the students to apply for these positions
    • Provide seminars and workshops on writing skills
    • Periodically supervise the students and visit them

    The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering faculty will evaluate the final reports submitted by students on their cooperative experience. The faculty grading the reports will be selected based on their expertise matching the technical content of the cooperative report. The final report will be graded. A grade of C or better must be received for the report if credit is to be received.

    Procedure to apply up to 3 credits of cooperative experience to the ME program graduation requirements

    After three semesters of Cooperative experience, students may request substitution of three credits of Cooperative education for one of the required elective courses in the ME program. For this substitution the student must have:

    1. Registered and received credit for ME 3990. Credit is received with completion of a full time experience and submission of an acceptable report evaluated by a faculty member.
    2. The mechanical engineering program will only allow cooperative education credits earned for full-time experiences counted toward the total credits for graduation.
  • Concentration areas

    Concentration in automotive

    Students registered in the Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering program now have the option of choosing this concentration. Students who complete the following courses atME 3650 – Machine Design 1 and any combination of 4 courses from the following list of electives:

    • AE 4630 – Aerospace Structural Design
    • ME 4530 – Machine Design 2
    • ME 4570 – Experimental Solid Mechanics
    • ME 4700 – Vehicle Structural Design
    • ME 5500 – Modern Engineered Materials
    • ME 5610 – Finite Element Method
    • ME 5690 – Principles of Fatigue and Fracture
    • ME 5730 – Materials Selection in Design

    Since elective courses are not offered every semester, interested students must meet a mechanical engineering advisor to plan a path to this concentration before choosing any of their ME electives.

  • Accelerated master's

    If your plans include earning a master's degree after your bachelors, the accelerated master’s degree program may be for you. It allows undergraduate students, upon acceptance, an opportunity to complete the requirements for the  Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at an accelerated pace.

    • Undergraduate students may count up to 12 (but not less than six) credit hours of 5000-level courses taken during their undergraduate studies towards a master’s degree in mechanical engineering within 24 months of completing their bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
    • Students may choose to pursue a master’s degree in mechanical engineering under either the thesis option or the non-thesis option.
      • Complete either 147 combined undergraduate and graduate credit hours (if choosing the thesis option)
      • 153 combined undergraduate/graduate credit hours (if choosing the non-thesis option).

Are there scholarships available?

Are there scholarships available?

Yes. We offer a variety of scholarships for accountancy students based on academics and financial need.

What have other students done?

Smiling student with personal watercraft collection

Ryan Ahrens, mechanical engineering student and entrepreneur. Where will your mechanical engineering degree lead?

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