Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering puts the fun in the fundamentals of engineering education! Seeing our Baja cars careen and slide in the mud is exciting, watching all the robot perform intricate tasks is fascinating, and witnessing our Formula team's cars zoom around is thrilling. Yet an education is not about watching, it's about doing! Our students learn that working on these incredible machines gives them relevant, hands-on experience while they earn a high-quality education at the same time, while actually being fun and rewarding, and leading to a great job later. 


What is Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical engineering is concerned with the design, analysis, manufacturing and maintenance of mechanical systems and thermal devices and processes.  Mechanical engineers deal with anything that has motion, from the human body to the most complex machines humans can build. Mechanical engineers make things possible for us all by developing products and processes including micro-scale sensors used in large aircraft and spacecraft vehicles, engines and control systems for automobiles and aircraft, electric power generation machines, lifesaving mechanical devices for modern medical uses, and a wide variety of other commonly-used consumer products. 

Because the mechanical engineering field deals with such a vast array of day-to-day applications, this allows our students to find career opportunities in a wide variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, consumer products, oil and gas, power generation, appliances, heavy machinery, electronics, robots, healthcare, and countless others. Mechanical engineers are always in demand because so many companies need those skills.

Why is Tennessee Tech the Best Choice?

The mechanical engineering undergraduate program at Tennessee Tech is ranked among the top 35 programs in the country in undergraduate enrollment, largely because the quality of our programs attract so many talented students.

  • TTU mechanical engineering graduates frequently find employment in many regional and national companies including Nissan, General Motors, Volkswagen, Eastman Chemical, Mahle, TRW, Denso, Bridgestone, NASA-Marshall, and numerous others.
  • The program features a rich offering of elective courses in the areas of thermal and fluids engineering, vibrations and noise control, mechatronics, machine design, and manufacturing and materials.
  • Experimental learning with senior capstone projects in various industries, lab experiments and participation in national competitions with design teams such as Autonomous Robots and Baja SAE are the hallmarks of the ME program at Tennessee Tech.
  • Students receive personal attention from top-notch ME faculty members.
  • The Tennessee Tech BAJA SAE program is the only program in the world to have won the competition 12 times in the history of the competition. 

Companies that Hire Tennessee Tech Mechanical Engineering Graduates

AdTran Boeing Bridgestone Bristol Compressors
Cummins Caterpillar DENSO Eastman
Flowserve GM Honda John Deere
Mahle NASA Nissan Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Schneider Electric Trane Volkswagen Whirlpool Corp.

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Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Tennessee Tech University
Mechanical Engineering Department
Campus Box 5014
Cookeville, TN 38505-0001

Street Address:

115 W. 10th Street
Cookeville, TN 38505
Brown Hall, room 224


Phone: (931) 372-3254
Fax: (931) 372-6340

Office Hours:

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST
Closed from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch
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