B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Prepare for industry, licensure and graduate studies in mechanical engineering or related disciplines such as mathematics and physics. Our bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering is a rigorous, hands-on program offering real-world experiences, as well as faculty and peer mentorship, to develop ethical scholars and leaders with technical and innovative problem-solving and design skills.
Small class sizes offer plenty of opportunities for peer interaction, undergraduate research and project building, while multi-million-dollar facilities support the curriculum with equipment and resources comparable to large, top-tier research universities.
After completing the degree program, you’ll be qualified to become a registered professional engineer in any state. For those in consulting or private practice, licensure is essential and necessary for the approval and seal of engineering work.
What is Mechanical Engineering?
Mechanical engineers design and implement innovative, real-world solutions to complex problems related to mechanical, thermal and fluid systems by applying principles of engineering, science and mathematics. They also consider public health, safety and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors.
In today’s world of rapid change, innovations and advancements in mechanical engineering are continuously needed to strengthen the quality of life by making it safer, more enjoyable and more productive. We educate and train highly skilled and experienced mechanical engineers to meet growing workforce needs in Texas and the United States.
What Can You Do With Your Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering?
A bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering will open doors to exciting careers in engineering for almost any industry, including petroleum, aerospace, defense, nuclear power, automotive, manufacturing, energy and power, robotics and mechatronics, consulting and HVAC.
Graduates will possess the in-depth knowledge, skills and mindset needed to design innovative solutions, experiment with modern analytical tools and techniques, communicate professionally and work in a team environment — all marketable skills for mechanical engineering jobs.
The mechanical engineering bachelor’s degree can also lead to graduate school. You may be interested in specializing with an advanced degree in a mechanical engineering or in a mechanical-related field such as biomedical engineering, aerospace engineering, petroleum engineering or physics.
Careers in Mechanical Engineering
Nearly 100% of mechanical engineering graduates were accepted into graduate school or work in industry for employees such as Raytheon, TechnipFMC, BNSF and Halff Associates. Most accepted a job offer before graduation.
How Much Do Mechanical Engineering Graduates Make?
The median annual wage for mechanical engineers was $87,370 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Why Major in Mechanical Engineering?
While earning your degree in mechanical engineering, you’ll participate in practical, hands-on, real-world learning experiences, such as internships and undergraduate research. Many of these opportunities involve collaboration with local manufacturers and industry professionals that can lead to jobs or graduate school after graduation.
As a mechanical engineering major at Tarleton, you'll have access to extensive research- and industry-grade equipment and software. Tarleton's state-of-the-art Engineering Building features advanced 3-D printing and prototyping, fluid mechanics and heat transfer research and development trainers — such as a Rankine Power Cycler, FluidMechatronix pumping and control system, and Hybrid Energy Lab for fuel cell studies — a heating, ventilating and air conditioning unit; automation and controls lab systems; a 145-mph wind tunnel; a 10 kN universal-testing machine; and a hydraulics flume.
The faculty have extensive teaching, research and professional experiences that build the foundation for the program curriculum. They offer additional guidance and support through undergraduate advising, mentorship and professional growth. They also help students find internship and research opportunities through their vast professional networks.
Get involved outside the classroom through Engineering Club and student chapters of professional organizations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers and Society of Women Engineers for additional opportunities in research, career development, networking, scholarships and design competitions.
Mechanical engineering majors may qualify for a number of program and departmental scholarships. Just fill out the common application for consideration of all scholarship and financial aid opportunities available at Tarleton.
What Classes Will You Take as a Mechanical Engineering Major?
Our mechanical engineering curriculum focuses on design and development in a wide variety of areas, including mechanical, fluid and thermal technologies, robotics and mechatronics control systems and alternative energy systems. Additional studies in ethics and professionalism will develop your ability to understand your responsibilities as a mechanical engineer and the role of mechanical engineering in meeting human needs.
The mechanical engineering bachelor’s degree program is also designed to provide the opportunity to minor in electrical engineering with the addition of two courses, typically Signals and Systems and Electronics. This gives you a competitive edge by adding a breadth of content that complements electromechanical system design.
The coursework culminates in a two-semester capstone design experience in which you’ll work on a team to develop a design project from inception to final prototype. Many of these capstone projects are industry driven, providing mechanical engineering majors with real-world experience and industry connections.
How Do You Get Started on Your Bachelor’s of Mechanical Engineering?
Take the next step toward earning your bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. We have the resources to help you get started.
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
- The Mechanical Engineering (MEEN) program at Tarleton State University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, under the General Criteria and the Mechanical Engineering Programs Criteria. The accreditation action was retroactive on October 1, 2017. View ABET status and information.
In Fall 2019, Tarleton opened a 98,000-square-foot facility on the Stephenville campus that brings together complementary programs into the College of Engineering. This innovative facility provides mechanical engineering majors with access to extensive study and work areas with state-of-the-art equipment for enhanced classroom and lab experiences.
STEM-prepared officers are critical to our military branches. Offering scholarship opportunities, leadership training and character development, the Corps of Cadets on Tarleton's Stephenville campus provides an excellent pathway to military careers in mechanical engineering.
Incoming freshmen can join the Engineering Living Learning Community, in which students with similar majors live together on the same floor of their residence hall. This provides community building among the majors, as well as a variety of opportunities to get involved and enhance their college experience through additional academic and social activities.
For example, one student teamed up with an electrical engineering major to design and prototype a medical device that provided an advanced treatment option for various disorders and conditions. They now have a patent-pending device and have created the startup company, Alaria Biotech.
Another team had their senior design prototype selected for production as a field tool for FMC Technologies. Other teams are working on projects with industry leaders such as Raytheon. These industry-based projects often lead to job offers for the students.
What Bachelor’s Degrees are Related to Mechanical Engineering?
- BS in Civil Engineering
- BS in Environmental Engineering
- BS in Computer Science
- BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology
- BS in Manufacturing Engineering Technology