Undergraduate Major

Mechanical Engineering Major (BS) Degree

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

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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.

Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering 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, aerospace, 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.

For educational objectives, student outcomes, and curriculum sequence, view our Loading....

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.

Learn more about our co-op program and our Loading... for engineering students.

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.

Learn how you can save on tuition during your 5th year

As a mechanical engineering student, you can pursue a dual degree in another field of engineering or physics. This enables you to earn a bachelor of science in electrical engineering and another discipline within 4 years.

To learn more about dual degree options, contact the chairs of both departments to arrange your schedule accordingly. 

    Minor Options for Mechanical Engineering Majors

    Customize your mechanical engineering degree within the program by choosing to pursue a minor within engineering such as biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, or environmental engineering or with other programs, including mathematics, business, and political science. 

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    Mechanical Engineering Minor 

    The Loading... is available to students in other engineering disciplines. It is designed to give students a broad understanding of the mechanical engineering fundamentals, as well as depth in 1 of the following areas: mechanical design, thermal sciences, or dynamics and vibrations. Contact the mechanical engineering department for more information.

    Interested in mechanical engineering and experienced with the French language? The global engineering industry demands global engineers. Through Widener’s international engineering program, you’ll gain the real-world experience you need to meet the demand. As you simultaneously study mechanical engineering and French, you’ll establish an international perspective that will put you on the inside track to a global engineering career.

    Learn more about the international engineering program

    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.

    Learn more about the engineering honors program

    Admissions Information

    In addition to the robust scholarship opportunities available to undergraduate students, students pursuing an accelerated master's through the 4+1 program can also apply for graduate-level scholarships and assistantships during for fifth year of study.

    To apply, please speak with your program advisor during the spring semester of your senior year.

    Major in Mechanical Engineering 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.

    150+ 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.

    School of Engineering Advisory Board

    Industry leaders provide assistance and direction to support the school in its future growth and development.

    This major in mechanical engineering is completing extensive research on the journey to earn a bachelor's in mechanical engineering.

    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

    Living Learning Community

    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.

    Clubs & Organizations

    Mechanical engineering majors have the opportunity to join various clubs and organizations across campus and beyond to expand their network, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Tau Beta Pi - Engineering Honor Society, and many more.

    Faculty

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

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    Visiting Assistant Professor

    My goal is to provide students with the same tools, skills, professionalism, and academic integrity that was instilled upon me nearly a decade ago as a student at Widener. I want students to have the highest chance of success for both their current academic career and their future professional 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."

    Your Inside Track to Success

    Your Inside Track to Success

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

    Degree in Mechanical Engineering Outlook & Outcomes

    Potential Careers

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

    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.

    Industry Growth

    Employment of mechanical engineers is expected to increase by 7% by 2030 according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections.

    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Recent Employers

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

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