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Mechanical Engineering ME

In this mechanical engineering master's degree, you'll apply mechanical engineering principles and theories to enhance your skills through formal education and training, and independent inquiry.

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, 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

Design Engineer; Mechanical Engineer; Process Engineer; Project Engineer; Propulsion Engineer; Research and Development Engineer; Structural Engineer; Test Engineer; Vehicle Verification Engineer; Weapons and Complex Integration Researcher

Select program hiring partners

Airspace Experience Technologies; Alstom; Apple; BAE; Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems; Blue Origin; BMW Manufacturing Co.; Borg-Warner; Carrier; Cummins; Delphi Technologies; GE; Hillrom; Insulet Corp.; L3Harris Technologies; Lockheed Martin; Magna International; Medtronic; Micron; Plug Power; Rich Products; Siemens Healthineers; Space X; TAIT; The Raymond Corp.; TRUMPF Inc.; Volvo Group North America; Zimmer Biomet


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 89.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 2.00%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 89.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 2.00%
Alternative Plans 0%

Experiential Learning

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 master’s 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 engineering field of study. And it sets RIT engineering graduates apart from their competitors. RIT co-op is designed for your success.

Cooperative education is optional but strongly encouraged for graduate students in the ME in mechanical engineering.