Mechanical Engineering

The Multitool of Engineering.

Do you love figuring out what makes something work, or how something is made? Mechanical engineers deal with anything that has motion—the human body, the atmosphere, vehicles and some of the most complex machines humans can build. Because they solve a vast array of day-to-day problems, mechanical engineers are the most versatile engineers in the engineering disciplines.

As versatile as they are, mechanical engineering students at Tech can choose to specialize with additional concentrations for their bachelor’s degree:

  • Mechatronics, an interdisciplinary field that integrates mechanical, electrical, and electronic components connected by a control scheme in product design. Mechatronics is a vital component in advanced manufacturing and automation, and in modern product design such as robots, driverless cars, and other smart machines.

  • Vehicle Engineering, which combines mechanical, electrical and computer engineering to design controls, safety systems, and vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-smart grid communications systems in traditional combustion engines, hybrid and electric vehicles, and autonomous and connected vehicles. Our vehicle engineering program is growing in tandem with the electric vehicle sector involving the world’s largest automotive companies who have expanded research, development and production right here in Tennessee.

  • Aerospace Engineering, which offers students who dream of working in space exploration, aviation, urban transport and unmanned aircraft an interdisciplinary education in both mechanical and aerospace technologies with a focus on aerodynamics, propulsion (including electric propulsion) and noise control.

Tennessee Tech is well-known for providing a personalized, hands-on education where students work closely with faculty in our labs and shops.

Careers That Change the World.

Students working on electric vehicle battery systemEmployment prospects for mechanical engineers are strong. Mechanical engineers have a diverse scientific background, making them valuable assets in the workplace.  Every company needs a good ME, and you can work in just about any industry: aerospace, vehicle engineering, biotech, energy, ergonomics, manufacturing, robotics, product design, machine design, materials, automation and autonomous systems, and more. Opportunities for undergraduate research, co-ops and internships help our graduates hit the ground running as they start their careers.

Practice Your Passion.

Senior Design team with their robotHone your professional skills, network with other students, learn to lead, and apply your learning with student teams and clubs revolving around topics like autonomous robotics and Baja SAE, a design competition that challenges students to work as a team in the designing, building, testing, and racing of an off-road vehicle that is capable of negotiating rough terrain. Tech is also home to student chapters of professional societies such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society for Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and Pi Tau Sigma, the mechanical engineering honor society. You can explore more than 30 college-wide clubs, organizations and teams that create opportunities for networking by visiting the college’s Clay N. Hixson Student Success Center.

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