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Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

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May 18, 2023
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About Mechanical Engineering

The B.S. in Mechanical Engineering combines quantitative, design and technical knowledge with hands-on skill in preparation for one of the world’s most versatile and in-demand professions. From nano-scaled innovations in medicine to the future of space flight, mechanical engineers design the future.

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Careers in Mechanical Engineering

Nearly every change in business, science and engineering involves mechanical engineers. The job is highly individualistic and flexible because it is so broad. That means job security and professional challenge for those willing to keep their knowledge and skills fresh and relevant.
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Job Growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Data, the employment of mechanical engineers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations.

About 19,200 openings for mechanical engineers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.


Salary Ranges

The median annual wage for mechanical engineers was $99,510 in May 2023. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $64,560, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $157,470.


The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree program is designed to provide a synergetic foundation in the discipline of Mechanical Engineering through broad educational experience. The program offers concentrations in Aerospace, Energy, Materials and Advanced Manufacturing,  Robotics, Automotive, Operations Research, Simulations, and Advanced Topics. The program seeks to inoculate an understanding of the fundamental principles of science and engineering by providing students with experiences in our hallmark design sequence with project-based learning activities and applied research opportunities.



Concentrations in Mechanical Engineering

Students can design their own four-course concentration within the major based on their personal academic and professional pursuits. This unique combination of courses works in concert with other co- and extra-curricular activities, including research experiences, internships, and a wide variety of opportunities in our student organizations. Advanced Topics offers the student the flexibility in curriculum choices to grow with their changing interests as they look forward to graduation, graduate school, and their professional endeavors.

Aerospace focuses on industries in which engineers design or build aircraft, missiles, and systems for national defense, or spacecraft. Complementing your general mechanical engineering principles, you study subjects such as propulsion, stability and control, structures, mechanics, and aerodynamics, which is the study of how air interacts with moving objects. As you look forward, this provides you with additional courses to pursue career options at aerospace companies like NASA, Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, Draken, etc., and may spark an interest in undergraduate research and advanced study in graduate school

Students engage in in-depth study of automotive engineering principles, focusing on vehicle design, propulsion systems, and advanced technologies. They gain hands-on experience through projects, learning to optimize vehicle performance, safety, and efficiency.

Energy in engineering is the study and application of thermal, electrical, and kinetic energy in the design and operation of mechanical systems. Energy-related projects undertaken by engineering students include the design of energy-efficient structures, the development of renewable energy systems such as wind and solar power, and the improvement of the energy efficiency of industrial equipment and machinery.

The field of materials and advanced manufacturing focuses on engineering composite materials with unique capabilities that improve safety, efficiency, and versatility. The design of new smart materials and systems has major implications for the defense, aerospace, energy, and semiconductor industries. This concentration will give you a strong foundation in the fabrication, characterization, modeling, and prototyping of such materials.

Operations research focuses on modeling and solving operation efficiency challenges, and predicting and demonstrating value-added gains like cost savings. Professionals with expertise in this field are often found in environments with complex operations like ports and shipyards, where they are responsible for managing and improving traffic flow. If you like solving workflow problems and designing efficient systems, then this is the concentration for you.

Through focused coursework, students delve into robotics principles, learning about sensors, actuators, control systems, and artificial intelligence. They gain hands-on experience by designing and programming robotic prototypes, honing their skills in solving real-world challenges. The curriculum covers areas like robot kinematics, computer vision, and human-robot interaction.

Simulation in mechanical engineering is the modeling and analysis of the behavior of mechanical systems using computer software. Students of mechanical engineering focus on simulation-related challenges by studying simulation concepts and using software to develop and analyze models of mechanical systems.

Why Florida Poly?

At Florida Poly, our small campus environment fosters a unique approach to STEM education. Through a curriculum that progresses from freshman to senior year, emphasizing project-based learning, individualized mentorship with faculty, required internships in high-tech industries, and culminating in a senior capstone design project, students are equipped with comprehensive skills and experiences, uniquely preparing them for success in the rapidly advancing tech landscape.  
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At Florida Poly, internships aren't just encouraged—they're a fundamental part of the educational experience. Mandatory for all students, these internships provide direct engagement with high-tech industry leaders. This immersive experience not only provides practical skills but also fosters crucial connections within the industry, frequently paving the way to future employment opportunities for our graduates. 
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Florida Poly's capstone design course is the pinnacle of each students' academic journey, consolidating their four years of learning into a single project. During their senior year, students in this course collaborate with peers from various fields to tackle real-world challenges supported by industry sponsors. Through this interdisciplinary approach, students not only apply theoretical concepts but also gain practical experience, preparing them for successful careers in their respective fields. 
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Armed with the knowledge and skills gained at Florida Poly, especially through internships and capstone projects, our alumni smoothly entered thriving careers in high-tech industries. These hands-on experiences offered invaluable insights and practical expertise, enabling our alumni to innovate and excel in dynamic, leading-edge settings, influencing the trajectory of technology.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates are expected to be prepared with a solid academic foundation and professional skills that are essential in today’s workforce with the diversity and ever-evolving role of mechanical engineers.  Graduates are expected to attain the following within a few years of graduation.  

  1. Apply the fundamentals concepts of mathematics, science, technology, and mechanical engineering to solve real life problems of societal, global, environmental, and economic consequence.
  2. Achieve professional success cultivating collaboration with multidisciplinary team and constituencies through their technical knowledge, communication abilities and leaderships skills.
  3. Demonstrate on-going career development as adaptive and independent professionals pursuing opportunities in continuing professional education ranging from industry-related training to advanced degrees, with entrepreneurial spirit and, and an ethical responsibility to self and society.

Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the mechanical engineering degree program, students will attain the following outcomes to be ready to enter professional practice of engineering.

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that met specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informal judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.  

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Get Involved Outside the Classroom

We have an active student organization community with more than 35 clubs that vary based on specific academic interests, professional development, and activities just for fun.
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Dive into the thrilling campus life at Florida Poly. From Florida PolyCon (a comic-con like event), Purple Fire Week, poolside grill-outs and movie nights, to an annual 5K Pie Run, an epic Humans vs. Zombies Nerf gun war, and so much more. At Florida Poly, there is something for everyone and the small campus vibe makes it easy to get involved.  

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Join Florida Poly's University Teams for next-level competition and camaraderie! Whether you're into esports, soccer, weightlifting, robotics, or lacrosse, there's a team for you. Pursue excellence alongside like-minded teammates and take your skills to the next level. With a diverse range of options, there's something for everyone to enjoy while striving for victory!
At Florida Poly, campus engagement is key to fostering lifelong connections, teamwork, and leadership. With over 35 student-run clubs, there's ample opportunity to explore passions and forge friendships beyond lectures and labs. Joining clubs empowers students to pursue interests, develop skills, and create lasting memories with like-minded peers, enriching the college experience and shaping futures.
Florida Poly's exceptional recreation facilities offer students, faculty, and staff opportunities for physical activity, fostering healthy lifestyle habits. Featuring a fully equipped weight room, junior Olympic swimming pool, basketball courts, beach volleyball, soccer fields, and disc golf, there's something for everyone to stay active and energized. 

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