Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Mechanical Engineering BS

Program Overview

Professional courses are offered in the areas of automotive engineering, aerospace engineering, bioengineering, energy and the environment, thermal systems, applied mechanics, manufacturing, materials science, systems analysis, computer-aided graphics and design, and mechatronics. Students are prepared for engineering positions in design, development, research, or manufacturing, in a diversity of work environments.  All students complete a broad core of mechanical engineering coursework, emphasizing solid-body mechanics and thermal-fluid sciences. The undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering offers an unparalleled opportunity for hands-on and laboratory experience. Technical electives during the final two years allow each student to emphasize his/her area(s) of interest. All BS students complete a capstone, multi-disciplinary, team-based design and build project (over a period of nine months) during their final year of study. Students are very active in professional society activities, including design competitions. Mechanical Engineering students are actively engaged in several engineering clubs and competition teams including the Formula SAE race team, Baja SAE, SAE Clean Snowmobile, RIT Hot Wheelz Formula SAE Electric All Female Team, Aero Design Club and others!

Degrees Awarded

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


  • 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

  • Undergraduate students are required to complete 50 weeks of full-time co-op work experience to be certified for the Bachelor of Science degree.
  • This is typically done in two semesters and two summer sessions, beginning at the completion of their second year of study.
  • Students in the dual degree programs BS/MS and BS/MEng are required to complete 3 terms of co-op, typically two semesters and one summer session.
  • The scheduling of co-op terms is determined by the academic department.

Salary Information

Co-op:        $18.93                                  $10.00 - $40.00

BS:                $63,084                                $45,760 - $90,000
MS:               $67,666                                $65,000 - $70,000
ME:               $65,551                                $45,000 - $80,000

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
  • Machine design
  • Thermal-fluid sciences, and measurement of fluid flow, temperature and pressure.
  • Application of machine tools and fabrication processes, such as drilling, milling, and turning.
  • Solid-body mechanics (statics and dynamic/kinematics)
  • 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.


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
·          Complete machine tool lab including manual and CNC machines
·          Vibration spectrum analyzer
·          Computational Fluid Dynamics lab
·          Thermo-fluid laboratory experiments
·          Biomedical Device Engineering Laboratory
·          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

Nature of Work

From rockets to robots, power plants to biomechanical parts, mechanical engineers put both energy and machines to work. Wherever there is motion or energy, mechanical engineers have played a role in the innovations that define modern life. Our curriculum builds a strong foundation in engineering mechanics and design tools  in the first year of study, continues with  advanced mechanical engineering subjects integrated with co-operative education, and culminates with a significant design project in the final year of study. Well-equipped facilities offer the opportunity to build models and prototypes to demonstrate particular concepts. Experimentation and research are encouraged, including undergraduates in these enriching experiences in areas such as sustainable energy systems, biomedical and assistive device technology, systems analysis, robotics, vibrations, and automotive and aerospace engineering. Students may also choose to concentrate their studies with professional electives focuses on aerospace engineering, automotive engineering, energy and the environment or bioengineering

Because of their comprehensive training and education, mechanical engineers are often called upon to assume management positions. They work in many different industries and businesses as product developers, researchers, prototype designers, automotive engineers, aerospace engineers, management consultants, among many others and many serve in senior leadership positions in their fields.

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 Outlook

Employment of mechanical engineers in manufacturing should increase more rapidly as the demand for improved machinery and machine tools grows and as industrial machinery and processes become increasingly complex. Also, emerging technologies in biotechnology, materials science, and nanotechnology will create new job opportunities for mechanical engineers. Additional opportunities for mechanical engineers will arise because a degree in mechanical engineering often can be applied in other engineering specialties. Employment of mechanical engineers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job prospects may be best for those who stay abreast of the most recent advances in technology. (Source: O.O.H.’16-‘17)


Mechanical engineers held about 277,500 jobs in 2014. About 36% of jobs were in manufacturingindustries and another 30 percent were in the professional, scientific, and technical services sector, primarily in architectural, engineering, and related services. Many engineers also worked in the construction, telecommunications, and wholesale trade industries. (Source: O.O.H.)

Significant Points

  • Overall job opportunities in engineering are expected to be good, but will vary by specialty.
  • A bachelor’s degree is required for most entry-level jobs.
  • Starting salaries are among the highest of all college graduates.
  • Continuing education is critical for engineers as technology evolves. (Source: O.O.H.)

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Advanced Atomization Technologies, Ariel Corporation, Bausch & Lomb, Borg Warner, BMW, Corning Tropel, Cummins Engine, Delphi, FCA, Fisher Price, General Electric (Aviation, Digital, Energy Connections, Healthcare, Power, Renewables, Transportation), General Dynamics (Electric Boat & Mission Systems), General Motors, Gleason Works, G.W. Lisk, Harris RF, Honda, ITT Goulds Pumps, Johnson & Johnson, Knorr Bremse (Bendix/New York Air Brake), Lockheed Martin, Lord Corporation, Lutron, Magna International, Moog, NASA, PPC, Precision Castparts (PCC), SpaceX, Special Metals Corp, Tesla Motors, The Raymond Corporation, Toyota, UTC (Aerospace/Building & Industrial Systems) Vicor, Wegmans Food Markets, Welch Allyn, Xerox, & dozens more!

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 work with the Mechanical Engineering program. You can access information about services through our web site at
Sarah W. Burke, 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
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