Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

What is Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical engineering is an exciting field that uses skills to design and manufacture everything from small parts and devices to spacecraft and machine tools. A mechanical engineer has the rewarding job of taking a product from an idea to the marketplace. The sustained popularity of this degree is due to its remarkable versatility. The mechanical engineering (ME) curriculum provides graduates with an understanding of fundamental engineering principles in disciples ranging from electrical to civil engineering.

Montana Tech mechanical engineering students can choose from four areas of focus: control systems, nanotechnology, mechanical designs, and welding. The department maintains three instructional laboratories, in addition to the overall college facilities. Some of the best professors in the field guide and prepare students by teaching them how to ultimately master calculations, research, communication, labs, and group projects.

engaged faculty with experience and expertise
Engaged Faculty with Experience and Expertise
engineering accreditation commission of ABET
Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
hands-on learning environment
Hands-On Learning Environment
home of center for advanced mineral, metallurgical and materials processing (CAMP)
Home of Center for Advanced Mineral, Metallurgical and Materials Processing (CAMP)

What Types of Skills Do You Need?

  • Aptitude for math and computers
  • You’re a problem solver
  • You like working with your hands
  • You’re okay with working behind the scenes
  • Hard working and not afraid of a challenge

What Can You Do With Your Degree?

The career possibilities for mechanical engineers are endless and rewarding. There are a multitude of high paying, specialized jobs in today’s market, especially for those who have specialized degrees. Graduates pursue careers in oil, HVAC, control systems, and design. There is not a field out there that doesn’t have a need for mechanical engineering.

Focus Areas

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering focuses on four areas:


The bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering is currently seeking accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET,

Program Educational Objectives

3-5 years after graduation, Mechanical Engineering graduates from Montana Tech are prepared to: 

  1. Attain the successful practice of the Mechanical Engineering profession as demonstrated by: 
    1. continued professional employment, 
    2. expanding career responsibility,
    3. job promotion
  2. Seek lifelong professional advancement through endeavors such as:
    1. active membership in technical societies
    2. engineering volunteerism
    3. continued education
    4. professional licensure
  3. Complete an advanced degree

Student Outcomes

Students graduating from the Mechanical Engineering program at Montana Tech should attain:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
  8. The knowledge and application of basic science, advanced mathematics including multivariate calculus and differential equations, and principles of engineering; to model, analyze, design and realize physical systems, components, or processes
  9. The knowledge in either thermal or mechanical systems to work in these areas professionally

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The BSME curriculum is organized so students gradually advance towards more rigorous levels of calculation and design. The coursework integrates a progressively broader spectrum of basic knowledge in engineering, mathematics, science, and related subjects. Engineering design involving the formulation and solution to open-ended problems is integrated throughout the curriculum beginning the freshman year.

Students in the program initially take basic calculus, chemistry, physics, and computer programming courses. These courses provide the foundation for engineering topics and design.