Bachelor of Science

Mechanical Engineering

Learn more about the curriculum that helps us lead the way in STEM.

What is Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical engineering blends scientific principles, engineering problem-solving techniques, and design principles to research, design, develop, build and test mechanical systems from the Nano-scale to the huge. Applications span the breadth of human activity and are at the core of innovation and change.

What the Program Offers

In addition to foundational engineering science and design, the program offers the opportunity to participate in project-based learning experiences that support students’ interests in a range of focus areas. Students develop team and leadership skills, practical problem-solving, and engage in hands-on projects throughout the curriculum. This program is offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Focus Areas

As a Mechanical Engineering major, you’ll apply the principles of design, analysis and manufacturing to create and test mechanical systems ranging from massive to microscopic in size. Focus areas within this program include:


Nanotechnology, also known as “the science of small,” focuses on manipulating matter at the level of atoms, molecules and supramolecular structures. This revolutionary discipline impacts many fields, from medicine to manufacturing. Students with a concentration in nanotechnology will study nanoscale materials, practices and applications in order to develop high-performance, cutting-edge products.

Operations Research

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.

Materials and Advanced Manufacturing

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.

Mechanical Engineering Stats



The increase in engineering jobs between 2010 and 2020.


in recent investments in multifunctional materials.


the nanotechnology market is expected to reach $80 billion by 2020.

Program Educational Objectives

The mechanical engineering Bachelor of Science degree program is designed to provide a synergetic foundation in the discipline of mechanical engineering through broad educational experiences. The program seeks to inculcate an understanding of the fundamental principles of science and engineering by providing students with hands-on learning experiences and applied research opportunities.

Mechanical engineering graduates will attain the following within three to five years of graduation:

  1. Develop solutions through the application of fundamental concepts of math, science, and mechanical engineering as applied to problems of societal, global and economic consequence.
  2. Achieve professional success cultivating collaboration with multidisciplinary teams and constituencies through their technical knowledge, communication abilities and leadership skills.
  3. Demonstrate on-going career development as adaptive and independent professionals pursing opportunities in continuing professional education ranging from industry-related training to advanced degrees, with the spirit of an entrepreneurial mindset, and ethical responsibility to self and society.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering program will demonstrate the following:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. An ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. An ability to communicate effectively
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Student Data at-a-Glance

Annual Enrollment

Year Enrolled
2017 324
2016 280
2015 219
2014 134
Fall Census Reports

Graduation data

Term Graduates
Fall 2016 3
Spring 2017 3
Summer 2017 1
Fall 2017 1
Spring 2018 53*
Summer 2018 7
Grand Total 68
*Includes 4 in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Summer 2018—preliminary results



    Mechanical engineering focuses on applying the principles of design, analysis and manufacturing in order to maintain, produce and test mechanical systems.


    Mechanical engineers do more than work with tools and machines. Mechanical engineers design, develop, build and test mechanical devices, from small individual parts to massive complex systems.


    Students who major in mechanical engineering will gain hands-on learning through applied research and the opportunity to collaborate with industry partners. Students work at Florida Poly’s innovation labs that house a supercomputer, 3D printing systems and robotics systems. Students are able to work individually and on teams using the latest advanced technologies.


    Engineers with a mechanical engineering degree are in demand in a variety of industries that include government, health care, transportation, defense, medicine and construction. Graduates can expect employment through any of these industries. Florida Poly graduates will have the necessary skills to fulfill jobs in these industries where entry level salaries range from $45,000 to $70,000.