The best thing about my Lawrence Tech education was the ability to take everything from the classroom and put it all together at work. Class sizes are just right and the hands-on faculty is outstanding. Doug Callahan, BSME’93, Engineering Manager, MPC
mechanical engineeringMechanical 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.

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.


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:

Freshman Year


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 1001 University Seminar 1
COM 1103 English Composition 3
MCS 1414 Calculus 1 4
CHM 1213 University Chemistry 1 3
CHM 1221 University Chemistry 1 Lab 1
EGE 1001 Fund. of Engr. Design Projects 1
SSC 2303 Principles of Economics 3
    TOTAL 16


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LLT 1213 World Masterpieces 1 3
SSC 2413 Foundations of Amer. Exp. 3
MCS 1424 Calculus 2 4
EGE 1023 Engineering Materials 1 3
EGE 1102 Engr. Computer Applications Lab 2
EME 2012 Mechanical Engineering Graphics 2
EME 1011 Foundations of Mechanical Engr. 1
    TOTAL 16

Sophomore Year


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 2103 Technical & Prof. Communication 3
LLT 1223 World Masterpieces 2 3
MCS 2414 Calculus 3 4
PHY 2413 University Physics 1 3
PHY 2421 University Physics 1 Lab 1
EME 3023 Manufacturing Processes 3
    TOTAL 17


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
SSC 2423 Development of Amer. Exp.  3
MCS 2423 Differential Equations  3
PHY 2423 University Physics 2  3
PHY 2431 University Physics 2 Lab 1
EGE 2013 Statics 3
LDR 2001 Leadership Models & Practices 1
EME 2011 Materials Lab   1
EGE 2233 Entrepreneurial Mindset for Engr. 3
    TOTAL 18

Junior Year


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
MCS 3403 Probability & Statistics 3
EGE 3003 Thermodynamics  3
EME 3013 Mechanics of Materials 3
EME 3043 Dynamics 3
EGE 3012 Engineering Cost Analysis 2
MCS 3863 Linear Algebra 3
COM 3000 Writing Proficiency Exam 0
    TOTAL 17


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
EME 3011 Intro. to Engineering Projects 1
EEE 2123 Circuits & Electronics  3
EME 3123 Fluid Mechanics 3
EME 3133 Kinematics & Dynamics of Machines 3
EME 4003 Design of Machine Elements 3
EME 3033 Engineering Numerical Methods 3
LDR 3000 Leadership Seminar Series 0
    TOTAL 16

Senior Year


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
EME 4212 Engineering 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
LDR 4000 Leadership Capstone 0
    TOTAL 17


Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
EME 4222 Engineering Projects 2 2
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


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. 

Enrollment and Graduation Data for the 2015-2016 Academic Year:

enrollment and graduation data


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.


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

For more information visit the Career Services page.


For more information contact Lawrence Tech's Office of Admissions at 800.CALL.LTU or

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