About Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Student adjusting equipment.

A degree in mechanical engineering can lead to careers in many fields: design, patent law, manufacturing, research and development, biomedical engineering, technical consulting, product testing, technical sales, administration, and higher education are some of the most common. Today's mechanical engineer may work in many different industries: automotive, aerospace, power generation, chemical, solar, petroleum, plastics, and metal processing are some of the possibilities.

Graduates from the M.E. program at Ohio University have gone on to work for leading companies including Boeing, Daimler Chrysler, General Electric, Goodyear, Honda, and NASA, and some have been hired to work for professional racing teams and experimental aircraft manufacturers. Some of our graduates have also used their ME degree as a robust preparation for the challenges of law school, medicine, and MBA programs.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and a Ph.D. Degree in Mechanical and Systems Engineering.

Mechanical engineering undergraduate students are eligible to participate in a 4+1 option that makes it possible to earn a mechanical engineering bachelor's degree and a biomedical engineering master's degree in five years.


Our primary focus is student development by helping undergraduate and graduate students from a range of backgrounds and abilities grow their skills and develop into capable engineers and researchers. We guide students as they evaluate their own engineering competencies and develop the confidence to take initiative and lead projects. Our graduates are socially aware, with experience in designing to make a difference and a motivation to build upon their fundamental skills to create an impact in their life and career. Additionally, our faculty mentor graduate students in basic and applied research in advanced materials and manufacturing processes, fluid/thermal/energy systems, mechanical/mechatronic/biomechanical systems and related areas.   Together, our faculty, staff and students provide leadership and service within the engineering profession and society and engage in communication and advocacy for evidence-based policies and regulations.