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.
A mechanical engineering degree is versatile with many different applications. Careers in mechanical engineering are found in the following industries:
- Power Generation
2021 median pay was $95,300/year*
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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.
- General Mechanical Engineering
- Thermal Sciences
- Mechanical Systems
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?
- 95.1 percent of our graduates launch their careers or continue their education upon graduation.
- SOURCE: UWM First Destination Survey for the College of Engineering & Applied Science, December 2021
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
Faculty & Staff
- 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
- Richard and Joanne Grigg Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
- Chair, Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program Committee
- Affiliate Professor, Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering
- Switzer Research Distinguished Fellow