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Mechanical Engineering – Majors & Minors

Our programs combine rigorous coursework with hands-on experiences to give you a firm foundation to prepare you for a career in a variety of industries.

Requirements for Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Our mechanical engineering curriculum is designed to prepare you for careers in industry, government, education, and private consulting, as well as for graduate study.

  • 133 Required Technical Credits
  • 37 Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts Credits
  • 16 Elective Credits
  • 8 Free Elective Credits
194 Total Credits

Minors and Areas of Concentration in Mechanical Engineering

You can enhance your ME major with a focused study in a specific subject area. We offer several areas of concentration. If your major is not ME, but you want to add a minor, we offer a Thermal-Fluids minor. See the course catalog for details.

Multidisciplinary Robotics Minor

A multidisciplinary minor in robotics can be tailored according to your specific areas of interest. See the course catalog for details.

ME Study Abroad Opportunities

You can gain global experience and stay on track academically while studying abroad at our partner institutions.

Master's Degrees in Mechanical Engineering

You may pursue either a thesis-based master of science in mechanical engineering (MSME) or a course-based master of mechanical engineering (MME). See course catalog for details.

Careers in Mechanical Engineering

A degree in mechanical engineering will give you the foundation to pursue a career in industries ranging from automotive to biomedical, consumer goods, or aerospace.

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Process Improvement Engineer

Process improvement engineers work in a variety of industries to identify and develop ways to streamline production and boost efficiency. A process improvement engineer will often collaborate with other engineers and technical personnel, suppliers and others, and must have excellent communication skills.

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Mechanical Design Engineer

Mechanical design engineers work in companies across a wide range of manufacturing industries, often developing consumer goods, medical devices, automobiles and automotive parts, and more. They must apply engineering principles to ensure their designs use appropriate materials, meet industry and safety standards, and can be manufactured cost-effectively.

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Automation Engineer

Automation engineers work to improve the efficiency and safety of manufacturing operations by designing and programming automated equipment. They must have both mechanical expertise and electrical controls knowledge, and may be find themselves developing anything from large welding robots to food packaging equipment.

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Dr. Lorraine Olson

Dr. Olson joined the faculty of Rose-Hulman in 2002. She is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was awarded the Rose-Hulman Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar Award in 2013. Her scholarship activities have included finite element methodology applied to non-traditional areas, and much of her research involves early detection of breast cancer.

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Contact Us

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Moench Hall C103
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803

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