What do mechanical engineers do?
Mechanical engineers apply their expertise to the design, development and mass production of everything from rocket propulsion systems to appliances. Professionals in the industry use mathematics, computers, sophisticated modeling and analysis to solve problems associated with energy usage, propulsion, power generation, sound and vibration, machinery design, and manufacturing. In short, mechanical engineers play a part in designing the mechanical devices and systems which are a part of our everyday life.
How much do they earn?
Mechanical engineers typically earn between $47,900 and $114,740 annually, with an average salary of $74,920.
*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Where you can work
- Industrial equipment design
- Consulting firms
- Government agencies
- Energy and environmental solutions
The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers integrated undergraduate programs on two campuses to prepare students for careers in mechanical engineering. Students can pursue the B.S. degree at the Lexington campus, or at the Paducah campus through the College’s Extended Campus Program. The undergraduate program offers flexibility, as well as sufficient depth and breadth of study through its variety of course offerings. Specific components of undergraduate study include not only the fundamentals of engineering, but also advanced coursework in specialized areas. Students will conclude the program with a two-semester senior capstone project incorporating elements of design, creation and collaboration with companies under real-world conditions.
The Mechanical Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
- Department Chair
- Michael Renfro, Ph. D.
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- Director of Undergraduate Studies
- Tim Wu, Ph.D.
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