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The mechanical engineering degree program is one of the oldest and broadest engineering disciplines as it takes the basic laws of physical nature (force, motion, and energy) and applies them to machines.

Students who pursue the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering major at UWM learn core concepts of thermal fluid science, dynamics, and material science and have the option of diving deeper into specific areas through electives and concentrations.

Program Type

Major, Minor

Program Format

On Campus
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Career Outlook

A mechanical engineering degree is versatile with many different applications. Careers in mechanical engineering are found in the following industries:

  • Aerospace
  • Architecture
  • Automotive
  • Biomedical
  • Manufacturing
  • Power Generation
  • Transportation

2020 median pay was $90,160/year*

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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What to Expect

Increased speed to graduation

Our new and redesigned curriculum makes it easier and faster for you to complete your degree. You’ll also find greater flexibility in the electives available to customize your experience. 

What makes our program stand out

Mechanical Engineering is one of the largest majors at UWM because it covers a broad spectrum of material. The major also offers a great deal of flexibility, which appeals to many students who are interested in engineering as it relates to machines, but may not know exactly where their path leads.

The foundation of mechanical engineering degree has a core curriculum of:

  • Thermal Fluid Science (including thermodynamics and fluid mechanics)
  • Dynamics (machine design and controls)
  • Material Science (including metallurgy, continuum mechanics and solid mechanics)

You’ll also choose electives based on your area of interest. They allow you to have a broad or more specific spectrum of study. Our electives are flexible, enabling you to change course as you need.

If you want to explore an area of study in more depth, choose a minor or one of the following concentrations, both of which will have required courses listed in the academic catalog.

Optional Concentrations:

  • General Mechanical Engineering
  • Thermal Sciences
  • Mechanical Systems

Honors

You will be eligible for these honors in the major during your studies and upon completing your mechanical engineering degree.

Students at UWM have many opportunities to earn honors recognition.

UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science program provides many opportunities to pair classroom learning with hands-on experiences outside the classroom. The college’s location in Wisconsin’s largest city, with a broad network of industry partnerships, gives you easy access to well-paid internships and co-ops, as well as other important opportunities to enhance your resume. 

Did you know? 

  • 93 percent of UWM engineering and computer science students complete paid, work-related experiences including internships, co-ops and research opportunities 
  • 91 percent land a job or commit to graduate school before graduation. 

SOURCE: UWM First Destination Survey, December 2019  

Internships & Co-ops

Our students have had many hands-on opportunities to develop their skills and to determine what type of career experience they would like after graduation, while often earning a significant paycheck over summer breaks and even during the academic year.

Here are some of the businesses where our Mechanical Engineering degree students have had internships, co-ops or begun their careers:

  • Briggs & Stratton Corporation
  • Caterpillar, Inc.
  • GE Healthcare
  • Generac Power Systems, Inc.
  • General Motors
  • Harley-Davidson Motor Company
  • HUSCO International, Inc.
  • Milwaukee Tool
  • Rexnord
  • Rockwell Automation
  • STRATTEC Security
Capstones / Senior Design Projects

In your senior year, you’ll choose either a Capstone/Senior Design Project or Project Realization Course as part of your plan of study, which means you earn credit for completing these projects outside of the classroom that build important career skills.

Capstones/Senior Design Projects

In this course you’ll team up with other students to complete a Capstone Project or Senior Design Project, during which you’ll use what you’ve learned in class to complete an experience similar to a real-world employer project.

Student Organizations

American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics

AIAA is the largest aerospace professional society in the world, and its members help make the world safer, more connected, more accessible, and more prosperous.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

ASME promotes knowledge of the theory and practice of mechanical engineering, and offers the opportunity to participate in activities that promote a professional awareness of mechanical engineering.

Prototyping Club

PC provides students the tools, knowledge, and support to develop an idea into an invention.

Society of Automotive Engineers

SAE provides members an opportunity to gain insight into the engineering profession by offering hands on engineering experience through student design competitions like the BAJA vehicle challenge, monthly meetings with engineering professionals, and local industry tours.

Supermilage at UW-Milwaukee

SM at UWM allows the theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom to be applied to a real-world problem – to design and build a high efficiency vehicle to burn as little fuel as possible over a high amount of mileage.

For full descriptions and contact information for all Mechanical Engineering and other engineering-related student organizations and clubs, click here.

Resource Rooms & Teaching Labs

UWM students have a wealth of additional resources available to them within the College of Engineering & Applied Science. From computer labs and tutoring resources to teaching labs and spaces to create or collaborate. Details here.

Research Opportunities

We’re a top tier R1 research university and our students have the opportunity to work with faculty engaged in cutting-edge research in areas such as:

  • Batteries
  • Energy
  • Optics
  • Rehab Robotics
  • Sensors
  • Tribology

As a top tier R1 research university, our students have the opportunity to work with faculty engaged in cutting-edge research and to participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program which has a profound impact on students’ preparation and advancing to graduate programs. The SURF program helps students to improve professional preparation through research by closely working with our faculty to explore, discover, and transform ideas into reality.

Both graduates and undergraduates have the opportunity to participate in the annual Student Research Poster Competition to see who can best represent their research visually on a poster and verbally by describing it to judges.

Project Realization Course

This course is co-taught by an engineering professor and an art professor. As part of an interdisciplinary student project team of engineers, artists and designers, you will learn how to work in teams, present ideas professionally, deliver presentations and take an idea from concept to design to prototype. Your team will be sponsored by an industry member, who will provide engineering a mentor to the team. More detail here.

Student Startup Challenge

Directed by the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center, the UWM Student Startup Challenge is an optional, co-curricular program that fosters our students’ innovative and entrepreneurial ideas. You can work alone or as part of a team as you gain the skills that come from entrepreneurial experience. More detail here..

We’re here to help

We have a dedicated Career Services Department at the College of Engineering & Applied Science who works exclusively with our students to prepare them for a career after graduation.

What you’ll do

  • Analyze problems to see how mechanical and thermal devices might help solve a particular problem
  • Design or redesign mechanical and thermal devices or subsystems, using analysis and computer-aided design
  • Investigate equipment failures or difficulties to diagnose faulty operation and to recommend remedies
  • Develop and test prototypes of devices they design
  • Analyze the test results and change the design or system as needed
  • Oversee the manufacturing process for the device

Student Stories

My Co-op at Harley-Davidson provided me with the opportunity to work on a virtual team and develop foundational skills in Supply Management. This established my leadership and project management skills and increased my communication effectiveness. I also experienced the launch of a new motorcycle that is aiming to enhance the company’s position as the most desirable motorcycle brand in the world!


Grace (paid co-op at Harley-Davidson)Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Advising

Current, Tina
  • Senior Advisor, Undergraduate Advising
  • Students with last names beginning I-O
  • Prospective Transfer Student Liaison
Kaempfer, Sharon
  • Senior Advisor, Undergraduate Advising
  • Students with last names beginning A-H
Klumpp, Jennie
  • Senior Advisor, Undergraduate Advising
  • Students with last names beginning P-Z
  • Prospective Student Liaison

Tutoring

Steven Anderson
  • Retention Coordinator, Tutoring
  • Tutoring & Mentoring Center Coordinator
  • Freshmen Orientation Instructor

Faculty & Staff

Ryo Amano
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Director, Industrial Assessment Center (IAC)
Ilya Avdeev
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Founder and Director, Advanced Manufacturing and Design Laboratory
  • Co-Founder and Executive Director, UWM Student Startup Challenge
  • Director (PI), Milwaukee Regional Energy Education Initiative
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  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Roshan D'Souza
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Avie Judes
  • CEAS Lab Manager
  • Lab Manager, Makerspace
Michael Nosonovsky
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Krishna Pillai
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Deyang Qu
  • Johnson Controls Endowed Professor in Energy Storage Research
  • Department Chair, Mechanical Engineering
Mohammad Rahman
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Director, Biorobotics Lab
  • Affiliate Professor, Computer Science
John Reisel
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Secretary of the University
Kevin Renkin
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Pradeep Rohatgi
  • Distinguished Professor, Materials Science and Engineering Department
  • Distinguished Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Distinguished Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Director, Center for Advanced Manufacture of Materials
Nathan Salawitz
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Founder, Advanced Structures Laboratory
Nathaniel Stern
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Professor, Art & Design
  • Director, Student Startup Challenge
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  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Mohamed Yahiaoui
  • Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering
Accreditation

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Mechanical Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. http://www.abet.org.

Contact
Mechanical Engineering

Contact Info: ceas-me@uwm.edu

Street Address
College of Engineering & Applied Science
3200 North Cramer Street
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Mailing Address
College of Engineering & Applied Science
P.O. Box 784
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0784