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

The Mechanical Engineering Program at UVM 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.

Program Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of UVM’s Mechanical Engineering program are to provide our graduates with disciplinary breadth and depth to fulfill complex professional and societal expectations by:

  1. pursuing careers as practicing engineers or using their program knowledge in a wide range of other professional, educational and service activities.
  2. assuming leadership roles and seeking continuous professional development.
  3. contributing to their profession and society while appreciating the importance of ethical and sustainable practices, diversity, and inclusion.

Student Outcomes

The Student Outcomes of the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering degree program directly relate to the ABET (1)-(7) Criterion 3 Student Outcomes and are as follows:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Undergraduate Enrollment Data

Total Number of FT and PT students: 392 (2014-15), 328 (2013-14), 314 (2012-13)

Number of BS Degree Graduates: 97 (2014-15), 54 (2013-14), 75 (2012-13)

ABET Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET