University of Vermont

CEMS - The College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Undergraduate Program
Mechanical Engineering

[ see Graduate Program ]

Mechanical engineering spans the broadest spectrum of engineering activities — from concept and design, through manufacturing and maintenance of all kinds of products and systems.

Nearly all objects created by humans have some mechanical engineering input, from a streamlined skateboard to an advanced spacecraft, an artificial heart or a miniature robot. Mechanical engineers design and build machines and devices of all types.

Our Program

The Mechanical Engineering Program provides a modern mechanical engineering education with focus in engineering decision-making; foundations of mathematics, physical science, engineering science and design; and an appreciation of societal impact of engineering practice. The curriculum, which culminates with the senior design project, gives students a background that can be immediately applied to an engineering career or expanded by more advanced education in other engineering or diverse other fields. Many UVM engineering graduates have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in fields such as law, medicine and business administration, as well as more advanced study in engineering.

Students choose from four options within the program: general mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, biomedical engineering (to develop and apply new technologies in medicine and surgery), and pre-medical engineering (to obtain a BSME degree before going on to medical school).

The School also offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science or the Doctor of Philosophy, as well as an Accelerated Master's Program in which qualified undergraduates may enter the Master’s program at the end of the junior year and work toward both B.S. and M.S. degrees simultaneously.

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A Hands-on Approach

Working on practical, real-life projects is a standard and important part of our program. Students have a variety of opportunities to pursue research, design and development projects, working with industry as well as with engineering faculty.

SAE Mini-Baja simulated lunar roverExamples of recent student projects include the development of a simulated lunar rover that competed in NASA's Great Moonbuggy Race, the design of a laser-based scale used for weighing meat, and the development of instrumentation for ergonomic assessment used in back research. Many projects put students in direct contact with industry. Of particular note is our Design Clinic, which offers industry-sponsored two-semester capstone design projects with intensive industry involvement for all senior mechanical engineering students.

Opportunities for study abroad are encouraged for UVM engineering students. A recent student spent a summer at the Munich University of Technology redesigning a snowboard binding for his senior project. Another student spent eight months in Australia working as a project engineer for Kimberly-Clarke through the Cooperative Education program. Open to all engineering students, UVM's co-op program offers career-related work experience while still in school.

Career Opportunities

All of our recent graduates seeking jobs in the industry have found positions or gone on to graduate school at UVM or other prestigious research universities, including MIT and Stanford. IBM, Chrysler, NASA, General Dynamics, General Electric, Monsanto, Ford Motor Co. and Mariner Petrochemical are among the many nationally recognized companies employing our graduates. Many students go on to start their own businesses, such as Microstrain, a high-tech company that manufactures instruments for medical researchers and physicians, or BioTek Instruments, which designs and produces microscale biological analysis instruments.

Students find excellent assistance preparing for job searches through faculty advising, CEMS Career Services and an active worldwide network of UVM alumni.

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