Mechanical Engineering, B.S.

College of Engineering

At its core, mechanical engineering is about more than just designing cars, household appliances, planes or other complicated devices that make our world a better place. It’s about developing practical, efficient and logical solutions to problems faced by society, companies or individuals. If you have an interest in mathematics and physical sciences, and a desire to understand how things work, consider pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering.

In our mechanical engineering program, you will become familiar with general physical laws and the theoretical concepts from which many technological concepts derive. The coursework is structured to first build your capabilities in mathematics and science. These initial capabilities will be utilized and challenged as you develop an initial understanding of mechanical engineering principles in the areas of solid mechanics and thermo-fluid systems. These initial mechanical engineering principles will then be used to develop more complicated principles including designing machines and structures, heat transfer and advanced thermodynamics. Coursework is supplemented by practical laboratory work, designed to supplement your understanding of these principles. The mechanical engineering program concludes with a senior capstone project where you, alone or with a group, take a design project from its initial definition to a first prototype.

Why choose Indiana Tech?

  • Our program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), recognized as the U.S. accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.
  • Project-based teamwork is built into many courses, which will help you develop the project management and collaborative skills employers are looking for.
  • Our lab facilities and projects are planned to get you familiar with working on real-world problems. This will help you build experience related to challenges you will encounter on the job.
  • Indiana Tech fosters an active learning environment, enriched by instructors who possess years of experience in their respective fields.
Sean Woolridge

Sean Wooldridge
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 2017
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Careers in this Degree

Graduates with this degree have pursued careers in the following fields:

  • Aerospace industry
  • Automotive industry
  • Construction
  • Defense
  • Consumer products
  • Utilities

Job Outlook

Below is the national average annual salary and projected job growth for a mechanical engineer, as identified by BLS.gov statistics. Salaries can vary based on the market in which you live and the prior experience you bring to the position.

  • Mechanical engineer $85,880/year

Job outlook through 2026: 9 percent increase

Warriors in the Workplace

Indiana Tech graduates with this degree have earned jobs at:

  • AccuTemp
  • Android Industries
  • General Motors
  • Navistar
  • Schneider National

Internship Opportunities

Indiana Tech students pursuing this degree have interned with:

  • Android Industries
  • General Motors
  • NASA
  • HARMAN International
  • Fluid Dynamic Co.
  • U.S. Steel
  • Fort Wayne Metals

Craig Welch

Program Lead

Craig Welch, MSEM, BSEM Professor Welch’s experience includes over 30 years in the automotive industry. During that time, he focused on developing test and analysis methods to evaluate and predict the durability of vehicle components and systems. He has international product develop experience in countries including India, Japan and Mexico, and he is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

  • M.S., Engineering Mechanics University of Wisconsin
  • B.S., Engineering Mechanics University of Wisconsin