Mechanical Engineering Bachelor of Science
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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OVERVIEW OF MAJOR
Does creating new designs for the auto industry, or in the fields of aeronautics and aerospace sound interesting? Would designing, analyzing, and doing research and development in a wide range of industrial and governmental enterprises be of interest to you? Does studying thermal sciences and the integration of electronic and mechanical devices interest you? Do you like putting ideas and designs to work? Would you enjoy the challenge of finding alternative energy sources, doing computer aided design, or biomedical research? If your answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then a major in mechanical engineering may be for you.

Mechanical Engineers design, develop, and manufacture the machinery and instrumentation that runs factories, transportation systems, mining operations, and utilities. Examples include production machinery, ground/air/space vehicles, robots, heating/refrigeration/air conditioning units, environmental control equipment and power plants. Mechanical engineers are involved in nearly all aspects of energy conversion, environmental control, heat and mass transfer, propulsion, system dynamics and design, manufacturing systems, and computing engineering. Students take basic science and mathematics courses while beginning their engineering studies in design and computing. A broad spectrum of classes is designed to sharpen problem-solving skills. The senior year focuses on a yearlong design course to help students in the transition from college to career.

Students also choose technical electives from energy, industrial engineering, materials, mechanics and controls, and thermal sciences areas. Participation in labs further develops design, modeling, and analysis skills. Students participate in intercollegiate engineering competitions, applying their knowledge to the solution of real world problems.

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CHARACTERISTICS AND SKILLS
* Possesses strong aptitude in math and physical sciences
* Demonstrates strong analytical and mechanical skills
* Interested in developing solution for real problems and needs
* Able to draw information and ideas from a variety of sources
* Demonstrates perseverance and attention to detail
* Displays curiosity, creativity , and versatility
* Works well in teams and independently
* Exercises good oral and written communication skills
* Exudes organizational and leadership ability
* Possesses aptitude for and interest in computer applications and design

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POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS
Graduates from the Mechanical Engineering Department are expected to have the fundamental engineering knowledge required for the successful practice of mechanical engineering. Colorado State University engineering graduates are generally well prepared for a professional career with a greater than 90% pass rate on the Fundamentals of Engineering professional exam. The demand for mechanical engineers is strong, even in tough economic times, and entry level salaries are generous. Participation in internships, volunteer activities, or cooperative education opportunities is highly recommended to enhance your practical training and development. Graduates who go on for advanced studies can attain more responsible positions with the possibility of rising to top professional levels.
* Mechanical Engineer
* Aeronautical engineer
* Automotive engineer
* Biomedical engineer
* Environmental engineer
* Industrial engineer
* Field service engineer
* Measurement superintendent
* Production engineer
* Quality control manager
* Aerospace engineer
* Industrial safety engineer
* Entrepreneur

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RELATED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
* American Society of Mechanical Engineers
* American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers
* Society of Automotive Engineers
* Pi Tau Sigma Honor Society
* Tau Beta Pi Honor Society
* Engineering College Council
* Society of Women Engineers
* Environmental Engineering Club
* Society of Black Engineers and Scientists
* Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
* American Indian Science and Engineering Society
* American Institute for Aeronautics & Astronautics

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MORE INFORMATION
Department of Mechanical Engineering
A101 Engineering Building
Campus Mail 1374
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1374
970-491-5597
http://www.engr.colostate.edu/me/
* Academic and career advising for majors


Center for Advising and Student Achievement (CASA)
TILT Building
801 Oval Drive
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1033
970-491-7095
http://www.casa.colostate.edu
* Academic advising/Major exploration


The Career Center
120 Lory Student Center
Fort Collins, CO 80523
970-491-5707
http://career.colostate.edu
* Major and career exploration/Job search information


Office of Admissions
105 Ammons Hall
8008 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-8008
970-491-6909
http://www.admissions.colostate.edu
* Admission applications/University visits and tours


General Catalog Online
http://www.catalog.colostate.edu/

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