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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 reported

Mechanical Engineer; Process Engineer; Product Development Engineer; Manufacturing Engineer; Controls Engineer; Quality Engineer; Applications Engineer; Technology Analyst; Naval Architect; Design Engineer; Energy Analyst; Systems Engineer; Automotive 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

Addison Precision Manufacturing, Advanced Atomization Technologies, Ariel Corporation, BorgWarner, Cummins Engine, General Electric, L3Harris, Liberty Pumps, Lockheed Martin, Magna International, Moog, NASA, PPC Broadband, Inc., Precision Castparts, SpaceX, Tesla, The Raymond Corporation, Toyota, Wegmans Food Markets, Wendt Corporation


Outcome Rates*

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 80.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 3.00%
Alternative Plans 5.00%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 80.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 3.00%
Alternative Plans 5.00%


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.

Cooperative Education

What’s different about RIT’s engineering education? It’s the opportunity to complete engineering co-ops 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.

Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success.

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