Mechanical Engineering

students in the machine shop

Mechanical engineers use principles of energy, mechanics, and materials to design and manufacture machines and devices of all types, and create the processes and systems that drive technology and industry.

About the Major

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. A student who completes the Mechanical Engineering BS degree can successfully compete in design, development, manufacturing, and testing in a variety of industries. Our graduates have also been successful in continuing their studies at graduate programs at UB and in other highly competitive engineering programs across the country.

Nine separate specializations are available, which students may pursue by choosing from technical electives. Some of these are:

  • Dynamic Systems and Control
  • Design and Manufacturing
  • CAD/CAE and Engineering Computation
  • Energy and Applied Thermodynamics
  • Bioengineering

Research Opportunities

The Mechanical Engineering BS program offers many opportunities for undergraduates to participate in state-of-the-art research projects. Participants are immersed in a collaborative learning and research environment led by faculty and graduate student mentors. They also report that some of their most meaningful lessons have come about when they are allowed to develop and follow their own ideas—and to learn from their own mistakes.

Employment Outlook

Mechanical engineering is expected to show stable employment growth of 9% per year through 2020, with more than 21,300 additional mechanical engineers required nationally.

Major employers hiring our graduates include DuPont, Honda, IBM, Praxair, General Electric, Dresser-Rand, General Motors, U.S. Navy, Lockheed-Martin, Moog, and Kodak.

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