Mechanical engineers combine creativity and ingenuity to solve some of society’s toughest problems, as well as bring ideas to life. They design and build machines and the devices that power them, and are involved throughout the product development and manufacturing processes, from concept and design to installation and implementation.

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The mechanical engineering field is diverse and exciting, offering employment in a variety of fields: aerospace and automotive industries, acoustics, biomedical research and engineering, energy production and management, heating and air conditioning, hydraulics, and manufacturing. Mechanical engineering is also a very versatile degree; graduates hold positions in such areas as design, analysis, research and development, technical sales, and engineering management.

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mechanical engineering programLawrence Technological University has been educating successful engineers for nearly 80 years, and provides students with the tools and knowledge they need to become the minds behind tomorrow’s great inventions. The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program at Lawrence Tech is built around a core curriculum in manufacturing, mechanical systems, and thermal science. Students learn how products are designed, manufactured, and tested, as well as the basics of mechanisms and structures, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and energy conversion. Since many consumer products are electromechanical in nature, a mechatronics sequence is also included.

The curriculum emphasizes the development of strong analytic and problem-solving skills, while the Lawrence Tech focus on combining theory and practice means that the principles taught in the classroom are enhanced by many hands-on labs and real-world applications in courses taught by faculty with extensive industrial experience.

Like the field itself, the mechanical engineering program at Lawrence Tech offers a variety of opportunities. You can choose from six concentrations: alternative energy, automotive, manufacturing, nanotechnology, solid mechanics, and thermal fluids, and can further augment your preparation by pursuing minors in aeronautical engineering or energy engineering.


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Your 132 credit hour program consists of:

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 1103 College Composition 3
MCS 1414 Calculus 1 4
CHM 1213 University Chemistry 1 3
CHM 1221 University Chemistry 1 Lab 1
EGE 1001 Fundamentals of Engr. Design Projects 1
EME 2012 Mechanical Engineering Graphics 2
   TOTAL 14

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LLT 1213 World Masterpieces 1 3
SSC 2413 Foundations of American Experience 3
MCS 1424 Calculus 2 4
EGE 1023 Engineering Materials 3
EME 1011 Foundations of Mechanical Engr.  1
PHY 2413 University Physics 1 3
PHY 2421 University Physics 1 Lab 1
   TOTAL 18

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 2103 Technical and Prof. Communication 3
PHY 2423 University Physics 2 3
PHY 2431 University Physics 2 Lab 1
EGE 2013 Statics 3
EGE 2123 Entrepreneurial Engr. Design Studio 3
EME 2011 Engineering Materials Lab 1
MCS 2414 Calculus 3 4
   TOTAL 18

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
SSC 2423 Development of American Experience 3
MCS 2423 Differential Equations 3
EGE 2233 Entrepreneurial Mindset for Engr.  3
EGE 1102 Engr. Computer Applications Lab 2
LLT 1223 World Masterpieces 2 3
EME 3043 Dynamics 3
   TOTAL 17

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
MCS 3403 Probability and Statistics 3
EGE 3003 Thermodynamics 3
EME 3013 Mechanics of Materials 3
MCS 3863 Linear Algebra 3
EME 3023 Manufacturing Processes 3
COM 3000 Writing Proficiency Exam 0
EGE 3022 Leadership & Prof. Develop. For Eng.  2
   TOTAL 17

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
EME 3112 Intro. to Projects 2
EEE 2123 Circuits and Electronics 3
EME 3123 Fluid Mechanics 3
EME 3133 Kinematics and Dynamics of Machines 3
EME 4003 Design of Machine Elements 3
EME 3033 Engineering Numerical Methods 3
EGE 3012 Engineering Cost Analysis 2
   TOTAL 19

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
EME 4212 Competition Projects 1 2
EME 4402 Mechanics Lab 2
EME 4013 Heat Transfer 3
EME 3214 Mechatronics 4
EME 4XX3/5XX3* Technical Elective* 3
EME 4XX3/5XX3* Technical Elective* 3
   TOTAL 17

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
EME 4221 Competition Projects 2 1
EME 4412 Thermal Science Lab 2
EME 4XX3/5XX3* Technical Elective* 3
EME 4XX3/5XX3* Technical Elective* 3
LLT/SSC/PSY 3XX3/4XX3 Junior/Senior Elective 3
   TOTAL 12


Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the Mechanical Engineering program are as follows:

  1. Graduates will lead teams to proficiently address multidisciplinary technical problems in a global work environment.
  2. Graduates will use ethical judgment, critical thinking, business acumen, and effective communication skills in a team setting to create and implement innovative engineering solutions that meet customer needs.
  3. Graduates will engage in lifelong learning and contribute to the engineering profession in order to address contemporary engineering and societal challenges.

Student Outcomes

The student outcomes for the Mechanical Engineering program at Lawrence Technological University are:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints, such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  • an ability to communicate effectively;
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, lifelong learning;
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues; and
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. 

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Formula-style carThe design experience is an essential part of Lawrence Tech’s mechanical engineering program and is integrated throughout the curriculum. Beginning with the freshman-level Introduction to Engineering course and culminating in the year-long capstone senior projects course, the program provides structured design opportunities combined with a strong emphasis on teamwork. In fact, team competitions and projects play an integral role in the overall learning experience. From concept to completion, students are afforded the opportunity to design, build, and compete with cutting-edge projects, such as a Formula-style car, Baja vehicle, radio-controlled airplane, and hydrogen fuel cell racer. Other projects have included everything from miniature roller coasters and high-performance go-karts to the improved design of wind tunnels.


True to Lawrence Tech’s unique blend of theory and practice, mechanical engineering students are encouraged to take part in internships or cooperative education (co-op). This opportunity provides hands-on, practical engineering experience that is a distinct advantage when approaching future employers.

A majority of LTU engineering students participate in internships and co-ops starting as early as the sophomore year. LTU co-op students may choose to alternate semesters working and attending classes on a full-time basis, or pursue paid full time work and school in parallel.

Other students pursue less structured job experiences such as a paid part-time or summer employment. A student who has been offered a co-op position may seek academic credit through the Office of Career Services, which will evaluate the work assignment(s) and approve registration. Internships, an alternative to co-op, are known for the flexibility they can provide.

Internships are paid, like co-op, and can be done during fall, spring, and/or summer. All engineering internships are paid, provide real job experiences, including part-time employment, and can be done during fall, spring, and/or summer. Internships and co-ops can be great confidence builders and strong facilitators of the school-to-work transition. They are excellent opportunities for students to gain experience working in their field and provide insights about potential employers, their products, and work environment.

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Graduates with a degree in Mechanical Engineering have many career options:

    • Aerospace
    • Alternative Energy
    • Biomedical
    • Consulting Firms
    • Energy Management
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Government Agencies
    • Heating and Air Conditioning
    • Transportation
    • Power Production
    • Research and Development

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Engineering Accreditation Commission

The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Learn more about ABET accredited programs in the College of Engineering.