Mechanical Engineering, B.S.
Indiana Tech’s Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering provides a solid foundation and depth of experience that you can apply to any problem you may encounter.
At its core, mechanical engineering isn’t about building cars, electronics, robots, or other complicated devices that make our world easier to live in. It’s about looking at a scenario, analyzing the problem, and solving it with a practical, efficient solution. Indiana Tech’s mechanical engineering faculty, with more than four decades of industry experience, will help you do just that.
Classical engineering education is based on solving well-defined text-book problems. At Indiana Tech we have added more hands-on projects, so that instead of the classic text book problem, “Here’s a loaded part, what is the stress?” we ask “Given the choices of these materials with the specified loading, what’s the part?”
Other colleges may have similar facilities and labs, but our faculty draws on their industry experience to use these resources to solve problems students may face in the workplace after graduation. This prepares students much better for professional success.
Our faculty makes relationship-based connections with students and knows each one of them personally. With attention like that, students are set up to succeed in their classes, because they know help can come from the source—their teachers.
Relationships with classmates are also important. No one works in isolation, so the group skills students learn are very important. Good people skills take students beyond a job to eventual project management and leadership roles.
What do mechanical engineers do?
It is the task of a mechanical engineer to create devices that are more efficient, reliable, and affordable. Mechanical engineers are discovering new ways to improve the machines and devices that people use every day. Some of the many industries that use mechanical engineers include:
- Computer Aided Design (CAD)
- Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)
- Computer Aided Testing (CAT)
A Tech success story
Sean admits that when he began his internship at AccuTemp Products in May of 2017, he was a bit intimidated. The mechanical engineering major knew nothing about foodservice equipment, products the Fort Wayne, Indiana-based manufacturing company is known for making, and that was a source of trepidation for Sean. What was AccuTemp going to expect from him and how was his mechanical engineering background going to help him meet the company’s needs? As it turned out, Sean’s internship proved to be a nourishing and confidence-building experience that left AccuTemp’s vice president of engineering, Dean Stanley, glowing.
“Sean came to us well-prepared and adapted very quickly, so there wasn’t a honeymoon period or anything,” Stanley said. “He was ready to go and he made big contributions to our company.”
Sean gives thanks to the Indiana Tech Career Center, which “made a huge difference in finding the right type of internship for each student,” and the hands-on approach to learning that the College of Engineering embraces. “The professors always found a way to liken the work back to real-world practice,” he said, which made the transition into a full-time workplace much smoother.
Looking back, Sean’s proudest moments at Indiana tech included his senior project and the personal growth he experienced along the way. In the future, Sean hopes to build on his Indiana Tech education to become an engineering manager.