A engineering student stands next to the weather station project.

Mechanical Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering is a hands-on, industry-oriented and career-focused program that blends theory and research with practical engineering fundamentals to prepare you to succeed in this increasingly autonomous and interconnected world. Mechanical engineers research, design, and manufacture an ever-growing list of products that can range from life-saving medical devices that measure brain activity and insulin levels, rocket propellants and smart clothing sensors for autistic children all the way to solar water purification systems and autonomous vehicles.

Why Study Mechanical Engineering at St. Thomas?

Your St. Thomas Mechanical Engineering journey consists of a hands-on, experiential learning in small groups facilitated by faculty with real-word experience. You will apply your curiosity and creativity to enhance your understanding of topics in mechanics, energy and thermal systems, manufacturing, materials, and electro-mechanical devices. At the same time, you will get a strong foundation in the liberal arts to cultivate critical thinking, oral and written communication and problem-solving skills that will accelerate your path, whether you plan to go into industry or further your academic studies after graduation.

With this in-demand degree, you will be prepared to work in industries focused on product design, medical devices, robotics, automotive, aerospace and more. Senior year, you will spend two semesters in our Senior Design Clinic working as part of a team to solve a real-world design challenge provided by an industry partner. This practical challenge mirrors what you will do as a professional engineer and is a critical component of the St. Thomas engineering program.

And the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering is consistently ranked in the top 50 undergraduate engineering schools in the country by US News and World Report.

Program Overview

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Senior Design Clinic
  • Students earning a BS in Mechanical Engineering will complete the University of St. Thomas Core Curriculum requirements and Mechanical Engineering major requirements and allied requirements.

    Mechanical Engineering Program Courses

     

    This is one snapshot of how the plan of study for this major can look. Plans of study exist for students who wish to study abroad, double major or for ROTC.
    • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET)
    St. Thomas mechanical engineering students have the opportunity to participate in meaningful collaborative research with faculty and to design engineering projects that make a real impact in the world. Working together to make advances in biomedical engineering some St. Thomas mechanical engineering students and Dr. Tom Secord recently worked together to develop the prototype of an implantable medical device that may replace the need for pacemaker batteries for the human heart.

    Other recent research projects include: burn and tissue research, water desalination, smart clothing sensors for autistic children, 3-D printing magnetic transformers, and eyeglasses that measure brain activity. 100% of engineering students design and solve engineering problems for industry as a part of the Senior Design Clinic.

    Course Requirements

    Students earning a BS in Mechanical Engineering will complete the University of St. Thomas Core Curriculum requirements and Mechanical Engineering major requirements and allied requirements.

    Mechanical Engineering Program Courses

     

    Four-Year Plan

    This is one snapshot of how the plan of study for this major can look. Plans of study exist for students who wish to study abroad, double major or for ROTC.

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET)

    Senior Design Clinic

    St. Thomas mechanical engineering students have the opportunity to participate in meaningful collaborative research with faculty and to design engineering projects that make a real impact in the world. Working together to make advances in biomedical engineering some St. Thomas mechanical engineering students and Dr. Tom Secord recently worked together to develop the prototype of an implantable medical device that may replace the need for pacemaker batteries for the human heart.

    Other recent research projects include: burn and tissue research, water desalination, smart clothing sensors for autistic children, 3-D printing magnetic transformers, and eyeglasses that measure brain activity. 100% of engineering students design and solve engineering problems for industry as a part of the Senior Design Clinic.
    A student operates a metal shaping tool.

    Career Paths

    • Aerospace Engineer
    • Biomedical Engineer
    • Control Engineer
    • Mechanical Engineer
    • Product Design Engineer
    • Field Application Engineer

    Jobs and Internships

    • Every engineering student participates in our Senior Design Clinic where they design and solve an engineering problem for industry.
    • 80% of engineering students graduate with a technical internship in industry (Many with more than one!)
    • Meet the Engineers is the School of Engineering’s Reverse Career Fair and it is held every fall. St. Thomas engineering students interested in full-time employment and internships represent themselves with a poster board and standby as prospective employers, many of whom are engineering alumni, walk and talk with students about their particular goals, interests and talents.
    • Over 600 companies are within 20 minutes of campus including: 3M, Honeywell, Ecolab, Polaris, Medtronic, Cargill, Xcel Energy, Cargill, Graco, Boston Scientific.

    Scholarships at St. Thomas

    97% of first-year students receive merit scholarships that bring the average tuition cost down to $21,000 per year.

    Scholarships for Engineering Students

    Several competitive scholarships are available for first-year students planning to major in engineering, science and mathematics. There are also undergraduate scholarships available for returning engineering students each academic year.

    $87K

    is the median annual pay for mechanical engineers in 2018.
    80%
    of our engineering students graduate with a technical internship or co-op industry experience. (Many with more than one.)
    100%
    of mechanical engineering students design and solve an engineering problem for industry as a part of the St. Thomas Engineering Senior Design Clinic.

    The St. Thomas Experience

    Engineering students work on their senior design projects late in spring semester on April 30, 2018 in the Facilities and Design Center in St. Paul. This groups project was a headset that monitors brain waves. Here a student holds the wireless module that works with the headset.

    It takes more than theory to transform an idea into useful technology for our society. St. Thomas engineers emerge with practical, hands-on experience, the power of strong communication skills and the broad perspective of a liberal arts education. Our rigorous engineering programs are designed to transform the young creative minds of our students into engineers who can truly make a difference in the world.

    Dr. Don Weinkauf, dean of the School of Engineering