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Mechanical Engineering

Ever since pre-historic man stopped dragging a heavy object along the ground and stuck a log underneath it to roll it, we’ve been on a quest — to do things better or to do things we couldn’t do before.  We’ve been wildly successful.  Tools and machines have lightened our loads and taken us from the far reaches of outer space to the inner workings of miniscule nano devices.  As a mechanical engineer, you can help write the next chapter in this fascinating story.  As a mechanical engineer with a degree from UNH, that opportunity can come a lot sooner.

Get off to a good start.

You’ll build a multidisciplinary foundation.  What does that mean?  Simply this:  In your first two years you’ll take courses with students from different engineering disciplines.  In this way, you’ll see how mechanical, chemical, civil, and electrical engineering have concepts in common with each other, while you also explore what’s unique to each discipline.

You’ll also take coursework specific to mechanical engineering, including laboratory classes with the latest equipment.   In your analysis and design classes, you’ll find the same computer tools the industry uses.

The beauty of the multidisciplinary foundation is that if you’d like to switch to a different engineering major at some point, it’s not a problem — the foundational coursework is common to all of the engineering disciplines.  

Work in modern facilities.

As you progress, you’ll spend more and more time with hands-on projects in our fully equipped, state-of-the-art labs — cutting-edge replicas of what you’ll find in the real world. We maintain five instructional laboratories, which we use exclusively for undergraduate courses:

  • Instrumentation Laboratory
  • Mechanics Laboratory
  • Thermo/Fluids Laboratory
  • Manufacturing Laboratory and Machine Shop
  • Solar Testing and Training Laboratory

Experience in labs of this caliber will help you gain confidence in your skills and position you to transition smoothly to the workplace.

Get the hands-on experience that will impress companies.

Increasingly, engineering employers show a preference for hiring graduates who have had work experience before graduating.   Therefore, our mechanical engineering curriculum includes a required industry internship. 

In order to satisfy the requirement, you’ll spend a minimum of 300 hours — about two months of full-time work during the summer— performing engineering-related duties for a manufacturing company, consulting firm, technical organization, or government agency.  Our Career Development Office will help you locate a work site. Currently, there are more vacancies available for internships than there are students to fill them!

More often than not, an internship equals future success.  Many of our students have been hired by the companies where they interned.

Be one of the UNH graduates that employers rave about.

We hear it again and again.  Representatives of industry continue to assure us that the graduates we send their way make excellent “hands-on” engineers — as good as, and even better than, any they have seen, including graduates from larger research-oriented and big name universities.  

Why not join the “club.” Sikorsky, Pratt & Whitney, Pitney-Bowes, Covidien, and many other well-known companies continue to ask for graduates from UNH.

Did you know?

  • The average class size in mechanical engineering at UNH is 20 students — you’ll never be just a face in the crowd.
  • There are no graduate students teaching classes, only faculty members.
  • Our faculty members are accessible to students for guidance and advice. That’s hard to find at larger universities.
  1. Accreditation

    The Bachelor of Science program in mechanical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org

  2. ASME

    Membership in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) student section is open to all M.E. students in good standing. See the opportunities at: www.asme.org