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BS Mechanical Engineering

ABETTrine University Student AchievementsThe Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering is among the most diverse, versatile and prevalent of all engineering disciplines.  Working with everything from paperclips to spacecraft, mechanical engineers plan, design and direct the manufacture of products.

Mechanical engineers are integral in a number of industries, including:

  • technology and innovation
  • energy conversion
  • manufacturing
  • health care
  • aerospace and automation. 

If something moves, it requires the expertise of a mechanical engineer to assess the physics of the environment, of the parts that work to form the whole, the aesthetics of the final product and the logistics of the manufacturing process.

The Experience

At Trine, you will be immersed in the fundamental tools of modern mechanical engineering:

  • advanced mathematics,
  • physics,
  • laboratory testing,
  • and computer simulation. 

Practical designs are the result of any engineering effort, and beginning as a freshman, you will be exposed to project work emphasizing engineering design.  Project management, design and manufacture techniques are learned through hands-on involvement in the laboratories, and brought to life in a year-long senior design project completed in the senior year.

Points of Pride

The Mechanical Engineering department program places students in industries, critical to the nation's interests, ranging from manufacturing to aviation to energy conservation. Within six months of graduating, 100 percent of graduates secure opportunities within the field and enjoy starting annual salaries of approximately $60,000.

Additional Information

The mechanical engineering department has opportunities for internships and co-operative employment for those interested in gaining real-world engineering experience. Students in the Co-operative employment program alternate semesters working at a Co-op partner's facility and taking classes. A minimum of three work assignments is required to complete the program.

Typical initial assignments include updating engineering drawings, creating solid models from existing drawings, running a routine test or monitoring the quality of manufactured products. Typical final assignments include designing a new product or process, developing and supervising a test procedure, or developing and implementing a quality control program.

Below is a list of some of our Co-op and internship partners:
  • Belcan Engineering
  • Borg-Warner
  • Cooper Tire and Rubber
  • Dana
  • DePuy Orthopaedics
  • Eaton-Aeroquip
  • Elanco
  • General Electric
  • General Motors
  • Honda
  • ITT Industries
  • Parker Hannifin
  • Pfizer
  • Rolls Royce
  • Shambaugh & Sons
  • Vestil

Manufacturing, quality control, design, and test engineering are some of the possible career choices for students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. Listed below are some of the companies that have hired recent graduates:

  • Applied Process
  • Caterpillar
  • Cooper Tire and Rubber
  • DanaEaston Corp
  • Freudenburg-NOK
  • General Dynamics
  • General Motors
  • Harrison Steel
  • Hendrickson Suspension
  • Honda
  • Ingersoll-Rand
  • International Truck
  • Lockheed-Martin
  • KPS Satellite
  • Parker Hannifin
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Ultra Electronics
  • U. S. Steel

This degree has a pathway for you to complete both your undergraduate and graduate studies within five years. Learn more about the Four Plus One degree path.

Information about tuition can be found at Cost and Investment.