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Mechanical Engineering ME

In the ME in mechanical engineering, you’ll apply mechanical engineering principles and theories to enhance your skills through formal education, 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

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

Select program hiring partners

Apple; Blue Origin; BMW Manufacturing Co.; Space X; Volvo Group North America;  L3Harris Technologies; GE Aviation Unison Industries; General Motors; General Dynamics - Electric Boat; U.S. Air Force; United Launch Alliance; U.S. Navy; The Gleason Works; The Boeing Company; The Aerospace Corporation; Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Northrop Grumman; Nike; MAHLE (formerly Delphi Thermal); Lite Coms; LaBella Associates PC; Intel Corporation; Integrated Nano-Technologies; Gorbel; Ford Motor Company; Denso International America, Inc.; Dematic; Caterpillar Inc.; Barry-Wehmiller Design Group; ArtCraft Optical


Outcome Rates for Mechanical Engineering ME

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 94.34%
Full-time Graduate Study 3.77%
Alternative Plans 1.89%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 94.34%
Full-time Graduate Study 3.77%
Alternative Plans 1.89%

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education and Internships

What makes an RIT education exceptional? It’s the opportunity to complete relevant, hands-on engineering co-ops and internships with top companies in every single industry. At the graduate level, and paired with an advanced degree, cooperative education and internships give you the unparalleled credentials that truly set you apart. Learn more about graduate co-op and how it provides you with the career experience employers look for in their next top hires.

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