Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Mechanical Engineering BS

Program Overview

Wherever there is motion or energy, mechanical engineers have played a role in the innovations that define modern life. 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.

Mechanical engineering is perhaps the most comprehensive of the engineering disciplines. The mechanical engineer’s interests encompass the design of automotive and aerospace systems, bioengineering devices, and energy-related technologies. The spectrum of professional activity for the mechanical engineering graduate runs from research through design and development to manufacturing and sales. Because of their comprehensive training and education, mechanical engineers often are called upon to assume management positions.

The mechanical engineering department offers professional courses in bioengineering, energy systems, applied mechanics, manufacturing, materials science, systems analysis, computer-aided graphics and design, robotics, and automotive and aerospace engineering. The department’s laboratories are equipped to provide extensive experimentation in these areas. Laboratory facilities include a well-instrumented wind tunnel, a particle imaging velocimetry laser system for flow visualization, advanced heat transfer systems, robotics, a proton exchange membrane fuel cell, engine dynamometers, fluid flow loops, refrigeration systems, tensile testers, compression testers, torsion testers, hardness testers, X-ray diffractometer, atomic force microscope, dynamic system simulators, a spectrum analyzer, and a well-equipped machine shop.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science (5 year), Bachelor/Master of Science dual degree
  • Bachelor/Master of Engineering dual degree

Enrollment

  • Over 900 full-time students in Rochester, including over 90 dual degree and 75 Masters students; at our campus in Dubai, UAE we have approximately 50 students.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is mandatory for this program.
  • Minimum co-op requirement: 48 weeks
  • Co-op availability: Third year fall through summer-fall block; Fourth year fall through summer-fall block

Salary Information

Co-op:    $19.09        $10.40 - $38.00

BS:          $62,700
MS:         $75,000
ME:         $75,000

Student Skills & Capabilities

  • Engineering graphics and CAD/Pro E
  • Use of computers as an engineering tool, including data analysis and system modeling with commercially available software such as MATLAB, LabView, and ANSYS
  • Measurement techniques using computer aided data acquisition for thermal-fluid sciences, solid bodies and controls
  • Application of machine tools and fabrication processes, such as drilling, milling, and turning.
  • Solid-body mechanics (statics and dynamic/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.
  •  Mechanics of Materials analysis and use of tensile, compression, and torsion test equipment.

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, Telephone (410) 347-7700. The program and its options are evaluated using the program criteria for mechanical engineering.

Equipment & Facilities

  • Extensive computer availability including three modern PC labs, system dynamics lab, and an engineering mechanics lab
  • 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: universal testing machine, torsion tester, digital strain gauge testing, x-ray diffraction, atomic force  microscope.
  • 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
  • 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: universal testing machine, torsion tester, digital strain gauge testing, x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscope.
  • 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

Training / Qualifications

Mechanical Engineers apply principles of physical science and mathematics to conceive, design, produce and operate the moving parts, components and machinery used in every aspect of modern life. From rockets, robots and automobiles to power plants, engines, air-conditioning equipment and biomechanical parts, mechanical engineers put energy and machines to work, and wherever there is motion, you’ll find evidence of their innovations. Today, they often use computer-aided design and computer simulation to ensure their products are reliable, efficient and economically sound. The spectrum of professional activity for the mechanical engineer runs from research through design and development to manufacturing and sales.

In our program, students are encouraged to experiment in many areas, including thermal systems, applied mechanics, computer-aided-manufacturing, systems analysis, robotics, vibration and automotive and aerospace engineering. Because many courses require students to build a model or working prototype to demonstrate a particular concept, students will make extensive use of our well-equipped facilities. Our labs contain dynamic system simulators, spectrum analyzers and high-tech equipment for measuring fluid velocities and particle size and for measuring drag and lift in a wind tunnel.

Job Titles

Mechanical Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Design Engineer, Process Engineer, Quality Engineer, Research & Design Engineer, Systems Engineer, Test Engineer, Product Design Engineer, Production Engineer

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.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Advanced Atomization Technologies, Ariel Corporation, Borg Warner, BMW, Cummins Engine, General Electric, General Dynamics, General Motors, Harris Corporation, Honda, Knorr Bremse, Lockheed Martin, Magna International, Moog, NASA, Precision Castparts, SpaceX, Tesla Motors, The Raymond Corporation, Toyota, Universal Instruments, Vicor, Wegmans Food Markets

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Sarah Burke, the career services coordinator who works with the Mechanical Engineering program. You can access information about services through our web site at www.rit.edu/careerservices.
 
Lindsay McGloon, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.7887
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center . 57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603
585.475.2301