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Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)

As the broadest field of engineering, mechanical engineering plays an important role in nearly every industry, from aerospace and automotive, to energy and manufacturing, to robotics and biotechnology. Mechanical engineers design devices and systems to efficiently employ the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of society. Mechanical Engineering is an applied science profession based on mathematics, physics and chemistry. Proficiency in application of the sciences is gained through a combination of study and practice. Mechanical engineers have a remarkable range of career options from which to choose. Work is found in design and development of a wide range of machines and systems, in manufacturing and automation, in energy and power production, and in various related fields of research, management or business.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are naturally curious about how things work
  • Enjoy math and science
  • Like to tinker and build things
  • Are a creative problem solver
  • Want broad career opportunities

Career Opportunities

  • Mechanical engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Test engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Product engineer

Recent Employers

  • 3M
  • Bobcat
  • RFA Engineering
  • Boston Specific
  • Collins Aerospace

Internship Opportunities

  • Daktronics
  • TSP, Inc.
  • Poet Biorefinery
  • Honeywell Aerospace
  • Link Mfg.

Suggested Certificates

  • Bioprocessing Sciences

Suggested Minors

  • Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Engineering for Precision Agriculture
  • Engineering Management
  • Nuclear Engineering

Clubs and Organizations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
  • Pi Tau Sigma (Mechanical Engineering Honor Society)
  • SDSU Robotics Club

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.