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Mechanical Engineering BS

Mechanical engineers put energy and machines to work–from rockets, robots, and airplanes to automobiles, satellites, and renewable energy systems. In RIT’s mechanical engineering BS degree you'll study math, science, physics, engineering science, and engineering systems.

Program skills

Students are exposed to engineering graphics and CAD/Pro E, measurement techniques using computer-aided data acquisition for thermal-fluid sciences, solid bodies and controls, and the use of computers as an engineering tool, including data analysis and system modeling with commercially available software such as MATLAB, LabView, and ANSYS. Students are also experts in the application of machine tools and fabrication processes, such as drilling, milling, and turning. Throughout their studies, students learn about solid-body mechanics (statics and dynamics/kinematics), thermo-fluids (thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer), materials testing and selection, “hands-on” assembly/testing, materials Science Analysis and use of hardness, impact, polishing, and inspection equipment, and mechanics of materials analysis and use of tensile, compression, and torsion test equipment.

Program facilities equipment

Students have extensive computer availability including three modern PC labs, a system dynamics lab, and an engineering mechanics lab. Other labs and resources include The Dresser-Rand Reciprocating Compressor Technology Lab, Robotics Lab, Data Acquisition and Measurements Lab, Complete machine tool lab including manual and CNC machines, Vibration spectrum analyzer, Thermoelectric systems and technology laboratory, Respiratory Technologies Lab, Advanced Materials Lab, Thermal analysis and microfluidics laboratory, Engine Performance / Dyno Testing laboratory, Composite materials laboratory, The Knorr-Bremse Mechatronics Engineering Laboratory, Gear Research, Design and Manufacturing Lab, Tribology and Lubrication Lab, Health Monitoring Research Lab, Extensive computer availability including three modern PC labs, system dynamics lab, and an engineering mechanics lab. 

Program job titles

Mechanical Engineer; Product Development Engineer; Automotive Engineer; Controls Engineer; Applications Engineer; Design Engineer; Manufacturing Engineer; Project Manager; Systems Engineer

Program significant points

  • RIT’s mechanical engineering degree provides students with a broad academic base complemented by hands-on laboratory activities and cooperative education experience.
  • Students may also choose to concentrate their studies with professional electives focusing on aerospace engineering, automotive engineering, energy and the environment, bioengineering, or manufacturing and design.

Select program hiring partners

Collins Aerospace; LOCKHEED MARTIN; L3Harris Technologies; The Boeing Company; Qualitrol Company LLC (A Fortive Company); ITT Goulds Pumps; Amphenol Aerospace; Texas Instruments (TI); SPX Flow, Inc.; SpaceX; Samsung Austin Semiconductor; RoviSys; Rivian Motors; Renewable Energy Systems; Raytheon Technologies; Quest Defense; Precision Castparts Corp.; Pitco Frialator, Inc.; Optimax Systems Inc; Ocean Insight; Navitar; McWilliams Forge Company; MAHLE (formerly Delphi Thermal); Linde, PLC; International Game Technology; IBC Engineering, P.C.; Hyde-Stone Mechanical Contractors, Inc.; HyAxiom; Hitchiner Manufacturing; General Motors; General Dynamics - Electric Boat; GE Aviation Unison Industries; Emerson Climate Technologies; Dematic; D&W Diesel, Inc.; Cree | Wolfspeed; Cornell Cooperative Extension; Constellation Energy; C&M Precision; Booz Allen Hamilton; Apex Race Parts; Allied Motion Technologies Inc.; Abbott


Outcome Rates for Mechanical Engineering BS

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).


Knowledge Rate

Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 98.84%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 1.16%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 98.84%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 1.16%


The BS in mechanical engineering major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Visit the college's accreditation page for information on enrollment and graduation data, program educational objectives, and student outcomes.

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education

What’s different about an RIT education? It’s the career experience you gain by completing cooperative education and internships with top companies in every single industry. You’ll earn more than a degree. You’ll gain real-world career experience that sets you apart. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries.

Co-ops and internships take your knowledge and turn it into know-how. Your engineering co-ops will provide hands-on experience that enables you to apply your engineering knowledge in professional settings while you make valuable connections between classwork and real-world applications.

Students in the mechanical engineering degree are required to complete four blocks (48 weeks) of cooperative education.