Why pursue a mechanical engineering degree at North Central College?
Our focus is on automation and robotics. Our themes are sustainability, access and enhancing the quality of life for all. Technology has the potential to address many societal issues. Engineers influence how new technology is created and applied. Mechanical engineering students get hands-on learning from day one in the engineering method, using the latest engineering design and simulation software, making parts on 3D printers and programming in Python. You’ll dive into the details of materials, manufacturing processes, sensors and actuators, embedded processors, and robot control systems. Rather than concentrating on textbook examples and memorization, you’ll practice the same skills that you’ll use in your career: solving problems, working in teams, writing reports and making presentations. Activities include intercollegiate competitions, community engagement or independent studies.
You can also:
- Complete internships at nearby research labs such as Argonne National Laboratory or Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
- Study in the Dr. Myron Wentz Science Center, a state-of-the-art facility equipped to accommodate the most sophisticated hardware, software, and other sustainable technology.
- Pursue your research interests anywhere in the world by applying for a Richter Grant.
- Travel, study and work internationally through our study abroad program.
- Present your original research findings at local, regional and national conferences, such as the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research or North Central’s own Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.
Coursework in this area includes:
- Differential equations & linear algebra
- Classical physics
- Basic electronics
- Engineering statistics
- Classical dynamics
- Engineering design
- Technical writing
- Materials science
- Professional ethics
- Mechanical design
- Engineering finance
- Embedded processors
- Manufacturing processes
- Mechanical simulations
- Applied statistics
- Failure analysis
- Independent projects
How to Apply
International Applicants must submit:
- North Central College online application or Coalition Application.
- Official secondary school transcripts that include at least 3 years of grades
- Official university transcripts with course descriptions (transfer applicants only).
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, or ACT Scores (choose one).
- Passport copy.
*North Central notifies applicants of their admission decision and scholarship award within approximately two weeks of receiving a completed application.
Priority Admission Deadlines:
- Fall entry (August): May 1
- Spring entry (January): October 1