Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Mechanical Engineering BS

Program Overview

From rockets to robots, power plants to biomechanical parts, mechanical engineers put both energy and machines to work.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science


  • Approximately 685 students are enrolled in this program

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:  $19.17    $11.00 -$38.00
BS:        $62,700

Student Skills & Capabilities

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.


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.

Equipment & Facilities

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. 

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