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College of Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

64K

average starting salary

30

full-time faculty members

dedicated to teaching and research

2

programs

Lexington and Paducah, KY

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Dr. Tingwen "Tim" Wu

Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Department of Mechanical Engineering

College of Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering

151 Ralph G. Anderson Building

Lexington, KY 40506-0503

Program website

(859) 257-6336

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From aerospace to manufacturing and aviation to acoustics, a degree in Mechanical Engineering can prepare you for an exciting career in a variety of industries. Examples of products and processes developed by mechanical engineers include engines and control systems for automobiles and aircraft, electric power generation, lifesaving medical devices, robots, and high-tech consumer products such as low-energy lighting, HVAC, refrigeration, and household appliances. Mechanical engineers use mathematics, computers, sophisticated modeling and analysis to solve problems associated with energy usage, propulsion, power generation, sound and vibration, machinery design, and manufacturing.  In short, mechanical engineers play a part in designing and building the mechanical devices and systems that are essential to our everyday lives. 

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Build Your Future

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers ABET-accredited undergraduate programs on two campuses, the main Lexington campus and the Paducah extended campus. The Department of Mechanical Engineering prepares students for
financially lucrative, high-demand professions or for furthering their education through acceptance to prominent graduate schools. Through a challenging curriculum of undergraduate study, collaboration with renowned businesses and technology centers and research options within the college’s centers and consortia, UK delivers an education designed to produce proficient, marketable graduates adept at meeting today’s engineering needs.

Career opportunities in Mechanical Engineering 

  • Aerospace
  • Aviation
  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Industrial equipment design
  • Consulting firms
  • Government agencies
  • Energy and environmental solutions
“As a mechanical engineering student, I began to see how engineering really opens a door for you. You might not necessarily be doing engineering your whole life, but you still have the creative problem-solving mindset that you get from becoming an engineer.”

Monon Rahman

2019 Mechanical Engineering Graduate

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Admission Requirements

Students may directly enroll as pre-engineering students; however, there are minimum admission requirements. Minimum freshman entry requirements are an ACT math score of 25 or higher (or a SAT math score of 590 or higher) and a 3.0 or higher unweighted high school GPA. Additionally, students must also meet the minimum Kentucky statewide academic readiness requirements for reading and writing. If you do not meet the initial admission requirements, please refer to the University of Kentucky Bulletin for alternative routes to admission to the College of Engineering.


First-Year Engineering Program

The smartest, most talented engineers around the world are devoting themselves to tackling immense global challenges. As a First-Year Engineering (FYE) student, you get to join them!

In 2008, the National Academy of Engineering identified 14 “Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century”—opportunities to greatly increase humanity’s sustainability, health, security and joy of living. Themes include making solar energy economical, enhancing virtual reality, reverse-engineering the brain, securing cyberspace, providing access to clean water and more.

These ambitious goals demand engineers roll up their sleeves and get to work, which is why we put them front and center during your first year as an engineering student. We have designed the FYE program to inspire you. We want you to discover your passion. We want you to explore where you might make your unique contribution. We want you to get your hands dirty and make stuff that might, one day, lead to a breakthrough.

Why wait until you’re taking upper-level classes to figure out what interests you? Through real engineering classes taught by top faculty and exposure to engineering’s greatest challenges, the FYE program gets you into the game from day one.


Degree Requirements

The following curriculum meets the requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, provided the student satisfies the graduation requirements of the College of Engineering.

 

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Experiential Education

Growth and learning also happen outside the classroom. It happens in research labs working alongside professors and graduate students. It happens on student design teams in capstone design courses. It happens on cooperative education rotations and internships with companies all over the country. There are also numerous education abroad programs. A substantial number of our students undertake co-op placements or summer internships to gain valuable experience in industries that employ mechanical engineers. The Engineering Career Development Office is a valuable resource for assisting you with developing job, co-op and internship search skills, participation in education abroad programs, participation in research endeavors and building career networks so you can secure a rewarding career in your chosen field of study


Student Involvement

Student organizations are an outgrowth of student interest and serve the needs of a variety of students. Many provide programs that supplement the classroom experience and extend into areas of service for the community. All provide learning and leadership training for participating students. Student organizations that are typically of interest to Mechanical Engineering students include: American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Pi Tau Sigma, Tau Beta Pi, Society of Women Engineers, Engineers Without Borders, and many others.


Career Prospects in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers work in a wide variety of industries: aerospace, automobile, manufacturing, industrial equipment design, consulting firms, and government agencies. Examples of job placement for our graduates include: GE Appliances, GE Aviation, Cummins, Toyota, Lexmark, Trane, Link-Belt, Belcan, NASA, and many more. 


Imagine Your Future

Mechanical Engineers

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$83,060

per year in 2017

Number of Jobs

277,500

in 2017

10 Year Job Outlook

14,600

new jobs (average)

Work Environment

Mechanical engineers generally work in offices. They may occasionally visit worksites where a problem or piece of equipment needs their personal attention. Mechanical engineers work mostly in engineering services, research and development, and manufacturing.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Similar Occupations

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Architectural and Engineering Managers
  • Drafters
  • Materials Engineers
  • Mathematicians
  • Mechanical Engineering Technicians
  • Natural Sciences Managers
  • Petroleum Engineers
  • Physicists and Astronomers
  • Sales Engineers
  • Nuclear Engineers

Imagine Your Future

Aerospace Engineers

Aerospace engineers design primarily aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and missiles. In addition, they test prototypes to make sure that they function according to design.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$105,380

per year in 2017

Number of Jobs

72,500

in 2017

10 Year Job Outlook

-1,600

new jobs (average)

Work Environment

Aerospace engineers are employed in industries whose workers design or build aircraft, missiles, systems for national defense, or spacecraft. Aerospace engineers are employed primarily in manufacturing, analysis and design, research and development, and the federal government.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Similar Occupations

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
  • Architectural and Engineering Managers
  • Computer Hardware Engineers
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Industrial Engineers
  • Materials Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers

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Industrial Engineers

Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They devise efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$81,490

per year in 2017

Number of Jobs

241,100

in 2017

10 Year Job Outlook

2,100

new jobs (average)

Work Environment

Depending on their tasks, industrial engineers work either in offices or in the settings they are trying to improve. For example, when observing problems, they may watch workers assembling parts in a factory. When solving problems, they may be in an office at a computer, looking at data that they or others have collected.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Similar Occupations

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Architectural and Engineering Managers
  • Cost Estimators
  • Health and Safety Engineers
  • Industrial Engineering Technicians
  • Industrial Production Managers
  • Logisticians
  • Management Analysts
  • Materials Engineers
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
  • Quality Control Inspectors

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Jake [Ingram] recently began a job at SpaceX, where he's building rockets to send humans to Mars. He's specifically focused on the engines of Falcon 9, the world's first orbital class rocket capable of reflight.

From undergraduate research with his professors to service projects with other Wildcats, and even a stint as student body president, Jake harnessed every opportunity to learn not only about engineering, but about how to connect with people and achieve a common mission.

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Enhancing Your Time at UK

There are countless ways to “see blue.” on campus, but the best way to maximize your journey at the University of Kentucky is by engaging in an Education Abroad opportunity.

This will allow you to gain a global perspective and enhance future employability. As you take the first step towards investing in your future, we encourage you to take advantage of all the opportunities UK has to offer. Take a look at some of the options UK Education Abroad & Exchanges office suggests to complement your major! #SeeBlueAbroad

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Dr. Tingwen "Tim" Wu

Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Department of Mechanical Engineering

College of Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering

151 Ralph G. Anderson Building

Lexington, KY 40506-0503

(859) 257-6336