Undergraduate Major

Mechanical Engineering (BS)

Take the inside track to a career in mechanical engineering where you will contribute to the advancement of modern technology. 

Mechanical Engineering Hero

Program Overview

Mechanical engineering is an exciting and dynamic field that contributes to every area of modern technology; application areas range from pollution control and renewable energy to manufacturing electronic chips and medical devices.

As a Widener student, you not only study the fundamentals of mechanical engineering such as strength of materials, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, design of machinery, and vibration and control, but also participate in application-oriented labs and project experiences.

Here, you'll benefit from a supportive environment that encourages analytical and creative thinking, while being exposed to the industry through real world applications. 

The mechanical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. See recent enrollment and graduation data.

Program Options

Mechanical engineering is a highly progressive field and our curriculum is designed to give you a broad, application-oriented education.

You'll be exposed to all core areas of mechanical engineering, including mechanical design, dynamics and controls, and the fluid/thermal sciences. Your coursework will include classes in materials, kinematics, thermodynamics, vibrations, heat transfer, and design.

You'll have the option for advanced study in areas such as biomechanics, advanced materials, or robotics through technical electives, course projects and undergraduate research. During your senior year, you'll participate in a year-long project that simulates both the technical and business aspects of professional engineering.

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To add a competitive edge to your career, the School of Engineering offers an optional cooperative education program where you can complete up to 1 year of professional work experience and still graduate within 4 years – co-op at Widener allows you to start your professional career 1 year earlier than a typical 5-year co-op program and earn an additional year of salary. You may also have the opportunity to receive full-time employment from your co-op or internship employers upon graduation.

As a co-op student, you'll spend your first year in the classroom, but in your sophomore year you'll spend 4 months working in the industry. Your third year can contain up to 8 months of work experience and you'll finish your final year on campus.

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You can earn both a bachelor of science and a master of science in engineering degree in just 4 to 5 years through the Loading.... This is a great option to take advantage of if you are considering a master's degree.

You can apply for admission to the program any time after your second semester for freshmen or after the first semester for transfer students.

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Mechanical Engineering Minor 

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Additional Opportunities

Need a new laptop to start college? The School of Engineering awards laptops to high school and transfer students who meet the following requirements.

  • Graduate high school with a combined math and critical reading SAT score of 1310 or higher or ACT composite score of 28 or higher with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) or transfer with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better (on a 4.0 scale) and have completed 1 calculus and 1 science course approved for engineering. 
     
  • Enroll in 1 of Widener’s engineering majors – biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical, or robotics – and remain enrolled full time for 4 semesters pursuing a designated engineering curriculum.

Students who meet the above criteria are guaranteed a laptop! A Widener application for admission is required. No separate application for a laptop is required.

The Engineering LLC provides freshmen engineering students a unique opportunity to live and learn together through a variety of co-curricular activities and social events.

This peer support system eases the transition to college. Monthly meetings introduce freshmen to scholarly faculty work and diverse programming complements the classroom while addressing personal development, academic skills, and success in the engineering profession.

To request housing in the engineering LLC, look for an email from Admissions after you've made your deposit describing how to complete the online housing application.

The engineering honors program is an exciting opportunity for academically talented students to enrich their engineering education with advanced honors courses, an honors seminar, collaboration with faculty on research, civic engagement, and professional and leadership development opportunities.

Students can complete their program of study in 4 years graduating with a certificate of honors in engineering.

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Program Highlights

From senior projects to co-op experiences your education will stretch beyond the classroom. Here, you'll partner with prestigious faculty on research projects, build relationships with industry professionals, and participate in hands-on learning opportunities.

Top 10

We're ranked among the 10 best colleges for engineering.

With 200+ Students

mechanical engineering is the largest growing major in engineering.

70% Funding

offered to eligible students to complete their bachelor's and master's in 5 years.

1 Year Paid Co-op

Gain up to 1 full year of compensated work experience and still graduate within 4 years.

17:1 Student-Faculty Ratio

Small class sizes allow faculty to make you the priority.

Advisory Board

Meet the industry leaders who provide assistance and direction to support the school in its future growth and development.

Mechanical Engineering Research

Innovative Research

You'll partner with industry-shaping faculty on cutting-edge research from developing new atomic force microscopy experimental methods to better understanding the physical and mechanical factors that play a role in treatment for swallowing disorders.

Faculty Mentorship

From personal attention in the classroom to student and faculty research projects, faculty are invested in your success. Here, you'll learn from faculty, not graduate assistants, as you prepare for your career in engineering.

Career Preparation

Through the co-op program, you can complete professional work experience and graduate in 4 years. The benefit: you'll not only save educational costs but you'll also start your career earlier than most engineering graduates.

Current Faculty Research

Specific areas of mechanical engineering faculty research include:

  • Atomic force microscopy
  • Computational and experimental analysis of physiological systems and therapeutic strategies
  • Composite materials
  • Design and fabrication of mechanical systems
  • Kinetic energy storage devices
  • Nanotechnology
  • Rehabilitation machines
  • Thermal management and energy simulation
  • Turbomachinery

Faculty

Engineering education at Widener is distinguished by close student-faculty interaction. Meet the faculty who will lead you to a powerful engineering career.

Babak Eslami
Assistant Professor

"I believe that being a "teacher" is an integral part of my vocation. That is why I consider my contributions to the education of students not merely as a duty or a job to be done, but as a part of my life."

Maria Slomiana
Associate Professor

"I believe a good professor is dedicated to her/his students and devotes time and energy to them. Good teaching is teaching not only the "book knowledge," but also a "life knowledge."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Here, you'll prepare for your career in mechanical engineering before you graduate.

Recent Employers & Industry Connections

  • The Boeing Company
  • Drake Refrigeration
  • ERIN Engineering, a JENSEN HUGHS Company
  • Lockheed Martin
  • The Naval Surface Warfare Center
  • Schramm Engineering

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Consulting 
  • Design 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Research and Development
  • Testing

Industry Growth

Employment of mechanical engineers is projected to grow 9 percent from now to 2026, which is average growth. It will be higher for those studying specific advances in technology.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Co-op Placement Opportunities

During co-op placements, our students gain valuable work experience with industry partners,  such as Schramm, NAVSEA, or Siemens to name just a few.

Industry Insiders

You have direct access to industry leaders, including many alumni of the program, though the School of Engineering Board of Advisors.

Take the Next Steps

Join a leading university dedicated to your success.

Visit Us

To visit Widener is, more often than not, to fall in love with the place. To fit your timeline and schedule, we offer a variety of ways to get to know us.

View Tuition and Fees

When comparing costs, we encourage you to look beyond sticker price. Because Widener is a private institution, we’re able to offer financial assistance that brings our exceptional education within reach.

Financial Aid

Our financial aid team takes the guessing game out of applying for financial aid. To determine your financial aid package, including scholarships and grants, apply and complete the financial aid process. You might be surprised at how much we can offer in assistance.

Next steps to apply

Applying online has never been easier—and it’s free! We also accept the Common Application. Take the next step toward joining the Widener Pride.

Get in Touch

Have a question? Want to talk with us more about your options? Give us a call, or send an email today!