Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering


Program Description


If your passion is learning how things work by taking them apart and successfully putting them back together, the Mechanical Engineering major at Alfred University is a great fit for you. The program is accredited by ABET and is an ideal education for students looking to enter into industry, develop their own company, or for a variety of opportunities in education, aerospace, automotive, chemical, and government agencies.


New test facilities including a water tunnel, a wind tunnel, and test frames for measuring the strength of materials.


A hands-on engineering curriculum that introduces students to modern mechanical engineering tools during the first semester.


A senior-design project that showcases your creative talents for solving real-world engineering problems.

What Do Mechanical Engineers Do?

Mechanical Engineers (ME) are often called the general practitioners of engineering. Mechanical engineers work in a wide range of industries: automotive, aerospace, electrical, solar, and materials processing. The challenges they encounter are as varied as the industries in which they work. In addition to using basic math and science tools, mechanical engineers must also be creative to solve open-ended problems.

What Will You Study?

During the first year, you will take Introduction to Engineering, Computer-Aided Design, and Mechanical Engineering Explorations lab, in addition to foundation courses in math, chemistry, and physics. Throughout your studies, you will get opportunities to design and build things as you learn about solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and heat transfer. As a senior, you will undertake a year-long senior design project, learning how to function as an effective group member within a realistic, job-like environment. A sample of current projects includes the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Mini-Baja, American Society of Mechanical (ASME) Human Powered Vehicle Competition (HPVC) and Vex Robotics Competition (VRC).

What Will You Do After Graduation?

Graduates are ready to work in a wide range of industries as mechanical engineers who solve technical problems and take on managerial responsibilities. Many of our graduates work in advanced manufacturing. Some of our graduates further their education with advanced degrees in science, engineering, or business.

ABET Accreditation

The BS degree program in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Undecided Students

If you have varied interests in engineering but are unsure which you excel at or enjoy working with the most, consider exploring our Undecided Engineering Pathway. The Inamori School of Engineering provides this option to students who are undecided as first-year students and allows them to discover the field of engineering that's the best fit for them.

What Will You Do?

Within the past few years, graduates have obtained jobs as:
  • Mechanical Engineer – CAF USA
  • Quality Engineer - Amphenol Aerospace
  • Group Manager - Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Project Engineer - D.P. Wolff, Inc.
  • Design Engineer - Engine Power Source
  • Engineering Support Specialist - BAE Systems, Inc.
  • Junior Mechanical Engineer - Corning Incorporated
  • Design Engineer - Engine Power Source
  • Manufacturing Engineer - Harris Corporation
  • Advanced Manufacturing Engineer/Data Analyst - Honeywell Aerospace
  • Project Engineer, HVAC Safety - Intertek
  • Manufacturing Engineer - Owens Corning
  • Project Coordinator - Northern Architectural Systems
  • Application Engineer - Qualitrol Corporation

Program educational objectives (or PEOs) are broad statements that describe what we expect graduates of AU's mechanical engineering program to attain 3-5 years after graduation. PEOs are reviewed and revised regularly to ensure that the program educational objectives are relevant to the needs of today's employers.

Program Educational Objectives

During the first few years after graduation:

  1. Our graduates will be working in a wide range of industries as mechanical engineers who solve fundamental problems and effectively communicate their work.
  2. Some of our graduates will be working collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams, and move into positions of increased technical skill requirements and managerial responsibilities.
  3. Some of our graduates will be pursuing or will have completed advanced degrees in science and engineering, MBA programs, or law school.
  4. Some of our graduates will be active participants in their profession, including social activities, scholarly publications, and student mentoring.

Program Outcomes (Student Learning Outcomes)

Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering program at Alfred University will have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
Last updated Sep 2018

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At Alfred University, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means you'll have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on ... Read More

At Alfred University, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means you'll have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the studio, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field. Read less