If you are interested in how HVAC systems heat and cool, how mechanical systems like cars and aircraft handle harsh environments, how nuclear plants produce electrical power, or how to design the next generation of medical devices, then the mechanical concentration is for you. Take classes in solid mechanics, dynamics, thermal fluids, and more.
What is mechanical engineering?
Mechanical engineering is a branch of engineering that combines physics and mathematics with materials science to design, analyze, manufacture, and maintain mechanical systems. Mechanical engineering includes tools, engines, machines, generators, refrigeration and heating systems, thermal transport technologies, transportation systems, and mechatronics. Mechanical engineers develop devices and systems ranging from drills, signs, refrigerators, and elevators, to automobiles, aircraft, spacecraft, power plants, and robotic systems.
What courses are included in the mechanical concentration?
Solid Mechanics – Students will apply the concepts of statics and further learn the concepts and theories of deformation (bending, torsion), internal force, stress, strain, strain energy, and failure modes for flexible bodies. These techniques are used in the analysis and design of real mechanical systems such as bridges, buildings, pressurized tanks, and engine components.
Dynamics – Students will learn to apply kinematics, Newton’s Second Law of Motion, the principal of work and energy, and the principal of impulse and momentum to systems undergoing linear acceleration, rotation, impacts, and/or curved motion. These techniques are used in the analysis of almost all moving systems, including flowing fluids, automobiles, planes, launched projectiles, satellites, shuttles, and planetary bodies.
Thermal Fluids – Students will learn the fundamental principles of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. The techniques of this course are applied to systems such as aircraft, gas and diesel engines, gas turbines, jet propulsion systems, refrigeration systems, commercial power plants, and electronics cooling schemes. These principals are also used to analyze and understand natural occurrences such as global weather patterns and radiative emissions from stellar bodies.
To view the full curriculum, visit the CSU’s course catalog.
What jobs can you get as a mechanical engineer?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, mechanical engineers work in a wide range of industries, from precision tools, heating and air conditioning, to automotive and aerospace. Typical tasks involve the integration of sensors and controllers, structural analysis, safety testing, thermal design and testing, computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), quality assurance, operational oversight, and product lifecycle management.
Mechanical engineering companies include:
- Consumer electronics (Motorola, Siemens)
- Automotive (General Motors, BMW, Volvo)
- Appliances (Bosch, Westinghouse)
- Energy (Duke Power, Dominion Energy)
- Aerospace (Boeing)
- Medical devices (Allergan, Masimo Corp.)
- Amusement park rides (Walt Disney World)
- Toys (Fisher Price)
What is a mechanical engineer’s average salary?
The average salary for an entry-level mechanical engineer is $65k/year (as of December, 2021).