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 the University of New Haven, that opportunity can come a lot sooner.
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.
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:
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.
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 the University of New Haven.