University of Vermont

College of

School of Engineering

Undergraduate Program
Mechanical Engineering

Educational Objectives

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, which prepares graduates to:

  1. Excel as practicing mechanical engineers in a wide range of careers in industry, government service, and consulting;
  2. Participate in continuous learning throughout their careers, both in more advanced engineering and in other areas of study;
  3. Communicate and work effectively with teams of people with diverse educational and cultural backgrounds;
  4. Take on leadership roles in their profession; and
  5. Practice their profession in an ethically, socially, and environmentally responsible manner.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Program will be prepared to contribute effectively as engineers in a diverse and multidisciplinary work environment. Specifically, graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Program will have:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and fundamental engineering to mechanical engineering problems;
  2. an ability to design and conduct mechanical engineering experiments as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  3. an ability to design mechanical and thermal/fluid systems, components, and processes to meet desired needs;
  4. an ability to work effectively as members of diverse multidisciplinary technical teams;
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve practical mechanical engineering problems;
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities;
  7. an ability to communicate effectively in written, oral, and graphical forms;
  8. the broad education necessary to make appropriate engineering recommendations and decisions in a contemporary workplace where there are diverse global, societal, economic, and environmental constraints;
  9. a recognition of the need and an ability to engage in lifelong learning;
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues;
  11. an ability to use the principles, techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for safe and successful mechanical engineering practice.