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​Mechanical Engineering

Study and prepare to meet the demand of new and existing high-tech industries by way of design, production, and operation of machinery.

The distinctive signature of the program is its strong technical core coupled with the ability to fit either a technical or a non-technical minor into the curricula. You’ll explore the breadth of Syracuse University by complementing your mechanical engineering degree with a minor in business, public policy, fine arts, public communications, and many more.

You’ll leave Syracuse prepared to make an impact throughout the complete spectrum of industries, including automotive, industrial machinery, publishing and printing, electrical and thermal power, chemical processing, textile, petroleum, computer and electronic, pharmaceutical, apparel, consumer products, soap and cosmetics, paper and wood products, rubber, and glass.

Engineering gives me the tools to solve problems I didn’t even know existed and can give society the solutions to things we’ve been struggling with. I love knowing that if something was designed, an engineer had a hand in it.

Erin Beaudoin ’22

About the College of Engineering and Computer Science

Future engineers and computer scientists learn to create new knowledge and technologies through ten undergraduate majors. Students have access to nationally regarded research centers, state-of-the-art lab spaces, and challenging internships.


Sample courses for mechanical engineering majors include:

  • Introduction to Robotics
  • Machine Design
  • Application of Acoustics
  • Engineering Computational Tools
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fuel Cell Science and Technology
  • Fluid Mechanics

View official major requirements.

Practical Experience

The mechanical engineering major offers the flexibility you need to broaden the scope of your education.

  • Pursue experiential learning opportunities through professional, paid work experience in your field and still graduate in four years.
  • Collaborate with faculty on research projects at on- and off-campus institutes and labs, including the Center for Environmental Systems Engineering (CESE) – 22,000 square feet of newly constructed core laboratories and individual faculty laboratories, and the Syracuse Center of Excellence.
  • Join one of over 20 co-curricular organizations like Engineers Without Borders and WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering).
  • The Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET accredits Syracuse University's B.S. in mechanical engineering.
  • The 5-year John Riley Dual Engineering/MBA Program allows you to earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management.
  • The 4+1 B.S./M.S. Program allows you to earn a master’s degree in mechanical engineering one year after successful completion of the bachelor’s degree.

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with an international experience through  Syracuse Abroad, with more than 100 programs in 60 countries. 

Mechanical engineering majors most often go abroad to Syracuse University centers in Florence and Strasbourg, and to our World Partner programs University College Dublin and the University of New South Wales. Summer programs of interest include Engineering Research Projects in Strasbourg.

Life After Syracuse University

As a College of Engineering and Computer Science graduate with a major in mechanical engineering, you can explore such careers as:

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Engineering technician
  • Engineering and science manager
  • Industrial engineer
  • Mechanical engineer

You can also pursue graduate training in such areas as electromagnetics, computer engineering, cybersecurity, computer networking and telecommunications, nanotechnology, and more. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.

In the College of Engineering and Computer Science, students are provided a team of advisors to support and mentor them throughout their entire undergraduate career. Career advisors counsel and train students to develop and assess their career skills, ensure job readiness, help them secure internships and jobs, and serve as a liaison to faculty and employers on students’ behalf.