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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.

Men and women 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 mission is to provide an intellectual environment and educational experience from which students and faculty contribute to society and to the mechanical engineering profession through research, teaching, and service. Our department will have a comprehensive, industry-responsive, broad-based curriculum in mechanical engineering which emphasizes fundamentals along with engineering applications and communication and computing skills to prepare students for entry into the profession, for graduate education and life-long learning, and to function as productive, ethical professionals in the global economy.