Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering


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Program Description

Students who major in mechanical engineering will be the people designing the transportation systems, consumer goods, factory equipment and the automated systems of today and tomorrow. In classrooms and laboratories, you'll study ways to test and improve the tools, machines, and systems used in production. Mechanical engineers work in almost every industry from transportation to medicine to space exploration. You'll learn math, science and engineering principles, and you'll use them in laboratory work and in fieldwork alongside experts already working in the field. Your senior project will challenge you to solve problems in a real-world setting under real-world conditions.

Program Highlights

  • Courses taught by faculty with extensive industrial experience, many with professional engineering licenses.
  • Faculty expertise in controls and robotics, production management, processes, automation, quality engineering, computer-aided design, and lean manufacturing.
  • Senior design projects that are company-funded and include a company engineer on the team. Students build real-world experience with budgets, objectives, and deadlines.
  • Opportunity to innovate and create new manufacturing strategies, systems, and facilities.
  • Senior projects that sometimes result in patents and/or professional presentations.
  • Students often secure a job before graduation, sometimes with companies that funded the student's senior design project.
  • Select classes are available online.
  • Students eligible to apply for one of 45 National Science Foundation STEM scholarships, a two-year grant that includes a $12,000 stipend.

Program Distinctions

  • The 100,000 square foot state-of-the-art Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF) offers collaborative hands-on work areas for science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) majors for real-world experiences.
  • One of five mechanical engineering programs in Minnesota accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the nation's only accreditation agency for engineering programs.
  • Engineering students and faculty worked with utility Xcel Energy to design and produce a battery-operated foldable electric scooter that engineers and technicians could use to inspect 6- to 7-feet diameter concrete drainage tubes.

Student Organizations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Computer Science Club
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Kappa Eta Kappa

University Facts & Stats

  • $106 million in scholarships loans and grants
  • Commitment to carbon neutrality by 2035
  • Award-winning campus television and radio stations and newspaper
  • Top 3% of the most affordable universities in Forbes' "America's Top Colleges" ranking
  • More than 600 student veterans and active military enrolled

Popular Careers

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Quality Engineer
  • Product Design Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Production Manager
  • Structural Design

Job/Career Titles

  • Assembler
  • Biomedical Engineer*
  • Consultant
  • Energy Conversion
  • Engineering Management*
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Machine Design
  • Machine Inspector
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Process Design Engineer
  • Product Design Engineer
  • Production Manager
  • Professor*
  • Project Manager
  • Quality Assurance
  • Quality Engineer
  • Railway Engineer
  • Research & Development
  • Sales/Marketing
  • Structural Design
  • Technical Analyst
  • Transportation Specialist

*Advanced education preferred


General Industry

  • Automobile Plants
  • Construction Firms
  • Consulting Engineer Firms
  • Government Agencies
  • Manufacturing/Industrial Companies
  • Oil Industry
  • Scientific/Technical Corporations
  • Universities and Colleges
  • Utility Companies

Minnesota Employers

  • 3M
  • Boston Scientific
  • Design Ready Controls
  • DeZurik
  • Emerson Process Management
  • GCI Engineered Solutions
  • McNeilus
  • Medcare Products
  • MN State Institutions
  • Pentair
  • Polar Tank Trailer
  • RFA MN Engineering
  • Xcel Energy

Skills and Traits

  • Analytical skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Hands-on
  • Investigative
  • Logical
  • Perseverance
  • Problem-solving
  • Research skills
  • Solution-oriented
  • Strong math skills
  • Team player
  • Technical skills
  • Technical writing skills
Last updated May 2020

About the School

At St. Cloud State, an education is about far more than an education. It will be an opportunity to explore ideas, seek out unique perspectives and embrace new challenges – all of which will help you u ... Read More

At St. Cloud State, an education is about far more than an education. It will be an opportunity to explore ideas, seek out unique perspectives and embrace new challenges – all of which will help you unleash your true potential. You will make life-long memories on our 100-acre campus along the scenic Mississippi River. Futures that begin here might seem unassuming at first, but like the mighty Mississippi River, they quickly gather strength. Growing. Surging. Until they're seemingly unstoppable. If you're looking for choice, we've got that covered. We have more than 200 undergraduate programs of study and more than 60 graduate programs, holding nearly every available national accreditation. Founded in 1869, St. Cloud State has evolved into a comprehensive university. We're on a mission to unleash ideas, unleash imagination, purpose, and promise. Read less
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