Course Selection

  • Familiarize yourself with engineering requirements & various majors.
  • Pre-engineering required: MATH 1610/1620, CHEM 1030/1031, PHYS 1600, COMP 1200 (MATLAB), ENGR 1100/1110.

Ask for Assistance

Shelby Center, home of the College of Engineering student advising


Gain Experience

  • Explore Co-op opportunities (Coop orientation is 1st 3 weeks. each semester)
  • Attend Internship & Part-Time Job Fair in Fall/Spring.
  • Use Handshake to explore employers actively hiring in your field and search part-time jobs that can add experience to your resume.


Get Involved


Course Selection

  • Maintain a good GPA, seek academic support early and often.
  • Once in major, attend ME orientation/ advising in Wiggins Hall.
  • Gateway courses: MECH 2110, ENGR 2010 (C grade or better) | MATH 2630/2650, MECH 2220.
  • Consider adding a minor.

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Gain Experience

Get Involved

  • Join an organization & attend meetings to develop your interests, build social connections, and enhance your resume.


Course Selection

  • Gateway courses: MECH 3020, 3030, 3040, & 3140.
  • Work with departmental advisors to select 3 Technical electives for plan of study.

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Gain Experience

  • Attend the Engineering & Technology Career Fair.
  • Consider graduate school.
  • Get involved with undergraduate research projects with engineering professors.

Get Involved

  • Pursue leadership roles in Engineering and University-wide organizations to gain experience and enhance your resume.


Course Selection

  • Complete Technical Electives.
  • Register for Comprehensive Design I and II in consecutive semesters.
  • Schedule Graduation Credit Check with ESS advisor one semester prior to graduation.
  • Register for UNIV 4AA0 EN1 for your final semester.

Ask for Assistance

  • Update resume and cover letter. Continue developing interview skills. (see University Career Center for mock interviews).
  • Meet with Graduate Advisors in your department to learn about graduate opportunities.

Gain Experience

  • Attend the Engineering & Technology Career Fair, All Majors Career Fair and/ or the Graduate and Professional School Fair.
  • Seek job opportunities and send out resumes.

Get Involved

  • Become involved with departmental alumni as a resource for job opportunities, internships and postgraduate work.

General Information

Mechanical Engineers work in a variety of industries like power, textile, computer, electronics, automotive, and others. They’re concerned with design, manufacturing, testing, marketing, and maintenance. Competitive entry into the field will require candidates to have a strong GPA and relatable experience. Seek out experiential opportunities early.

Compare to Assessment Results

Career assessments are a great way to learn more about who you are in order to find a career and/or major that will be a good fit.

To learn more about assessments or find out how to get started, start here.


Holland's Code: RIE

  • Realistic
  • Investigative
  • Enterprising


Most common* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types found in this major, in no particular order:

  • ESTJ
  • ENTP

*Every MBTI type is found in every major, these are the most highly concentrated


  • Recognition
  • Achievement
  • Independence


  • Critical Thinking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Job and Internship Opportunities

RSS Sample of Positions Currently Listed on Handshake Hiring Mechanical Engineer Majors

Meet your Career Contacts

University Career Center Liaison

Tasheila Williams-Townsend, EdS

Interim Associate Director, Career Development

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Last modified: September 29, 2021