Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering


Program Description

Take the inside track to a career in mechanical engineering where you will contribute to the advancement of modern technology. 


Mechanical engineering is an exciting and dynamic field that contributes to every area of modern technology; application areas range from pollution control and renewable energy to manufacturing electronic chips and medical devices.

As a Widener student, you not only study the fundamentals of mechanical engineering such as the strength of materials, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, design of machinery, and vibration and control but also participate in application-oriented labs and project experiences.

Here, you'll benefit from a supportive environment that encourages analytical and creative thinking, while being exposed to the industry through real-world applications. 

Male mechanical engineer builds agricultural robots

Program Highlights

From senior projects to co-op experiences your education will stretch beyond the classroom. Here, you'll partner with prestigious faculty on research projects, build relationships with industry professionals, and participate in hands-on learning opportunities.

Top 10

We're ranked among the 10 best colleges in the country for engineering.

Source: Knowledge Review

With 200+ Students

mechanical engineering is the largest growing major in engineering.

70% Funding

offered to eligible students to complete their bachelor's and master's in 5 years.

1 Year Paid Co-op

Gain up to 1 full year of compensated work experience and still graduate within 4 years.

17:1 Student-Faculty Ratio

Small class sizes allow faculty to make you the priority.

Advisory Board

Meet the industry leaders who provide assistance and direction to support the school in its future growth and development.

Innovative Research

You'll partner with industry-shaping faculty on cutting-edge research from developing new atomic force microscopy experimental methods to better understanding the physical and mechanical factors that play a role in treatment for swallowing disorders.

Faculty Mentorship

From personal attention in the classroom to student and faculty research projects, faculty are invested in your success. Here, you'll learn from faculty, not graduate assistants, as you prepare for your career in engineering.

Career Preparation

Through the co-op program, you can complete professional work experience and graduate in 4 years. The benefit: you'll not only save educational costs but you'll also start your career earlier than most engineering graduates.

Current Faculty Research

Specific areas of mechanical engineering faculty research include:

  • Atomic force microscopy
  • Computational and experimental analysis of physiological systems and therapeutic strategies
  • Composite materials
  • Design and fabrication of mechanical systems
  • Kinetic energy storage devices
  • Nanotechnology
  • Rehabilitation machines
  • Thermal management and energy simulation
  • Turbomachinery

Your Inside Track to Success

Here, you'll prepare for your career in mechanical engineering before you graduate.

Recent Employers and Industry Connections  

  • The Boeing Company
  • Drake Refrigeration
  • ERIN Engineering, a JENSEN HUGHS Company
  • Lockheed Martin
  • The Naval Surface Warfare Center
  • Schramm Engineering

Outlook and Outcomes 

Potential Careers

  • Consulting 
  • Design 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Research and Development
  • Testing

Industry Growth

The employment of mechanical engineers is projected to grow 4 percent from now to 2028, which is average growth. It will be higher for those studying specific advances in technology.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Average Salary 


Bureau of Labor Statistics

Co-op Placement Opportunities 

During co-op placements, our students gain valuable work experience with industry partners,  such as Schramm, NAVSEA, or Siemens to name just a few.

Industry Insiders  

You have direct access to industry leaders, including many alumni of the program, through the School of Engineering Board of Advisors.

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university with a Main Campus in Chester, PA, and law schools in Harrisburg, PA, and Wilmington DE.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university with a Main Campus in Chester, PA, and law schools in Harrisburg, PA, and Wilmington DE. Read less