B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Do you have an interest in how machines work and why?
Degree Type Bachelor of Science
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UW-Stout's Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (ME) prepares you to be involved in the design and manufacture of nearly everything from micro-scale objects to medical devices and airplanes. Mechanical engineers research the latest technology, design new machines, and work in teams with other professionals to convert ideas into real products.

You'll receive hands-on experiences in the research, design and manufacturing of new machines and the improvement of existing processes. / UW-Stout

You'll learn all aspects of the engineering design process and how to combine logical thinking skills with creativity. The Mechanical Engineering curriculum includes mechanics, kinematics, thermal and fluid sciences, materials science, structural analysis, and electronics.

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Program Overview

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We offer a dynamic and practical polytechnic hands-on learning environment with state-of-the-art labs and facilities. You'll work closely with faculty in preparation for your required co-op or internship with an approved employer. After graduation, you'll be ready for advanced degree work that many UW-Stout engineering graduates have pursued.

"The professors are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We learn the critical thinking skills that will enable us to overcome any challenges we will face in our careers. The hands-on labs prepared us to deal with real problems and we will be able to apply those skills in industry."

-- Jamison Noye
B.S. Mechanical Engineering

UW-Stout's Mechanical Engineering program offers one of the most highly-sought engineering degrees in the region. As Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, UW-Stout continues to fill the demand for highly trained and experienced engineers. 

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Differential Tuition Fee

Students enrolled in the B.S. Mechanical Engineering program will be charged a special program fee in differential tuition once the student has earned at least 30 credits and has enrolled in ENGR-292.

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Preparing for Mechanical Engineering

As a student in the Mechanical Engineering program, you must have an aptitude for science and mathematics. We encourage you to take as many upper-level math and science courses in high school as possible, including mathematics through algebra and trigonometry, plus physics and chemistry. Early development of computer skills is also very helpful.

Starting Out

Industry's mechanical engineering problems are not only technical in nature. They're also social and economic. As a mechanical engineer, you must, therefore, have a broad education. The first two years of your program will include English composition, communication, and other general education offerings, as well as mathematics, physics and engineering fundamentals.

As You Progress

Science and mathematics classes form the foundation for engineering science courses, and their application to analysis, synthesis and creative design. As you work through the program, the courses will emphasize fundamental tools for creating solutions to problems found in industry, including thermal & fluid sciences, structural mechanics & machine design, and controls & instrumentation. You'll receive extensive laboratory experience in those and related areas, getting hands-on learning opportunities with engines, wind tunnels, simulation software, and heating/cooling/air conditioning systems.

Objectives & Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives

The Mechanical Engineering program develops mechanical engineers who are:

  1. In demand by engineering employers as contributors of innovative solutions to complex problems
  2. Recognized for their ability to apply engineering expertise with an understanding of design and manufacturing
  3. Recognized for their teamwork and communication skills, leadership, and initiative
  4. Committed to high ethical standards, global perspectives, and principles of social responsibility and social justice
  5. Continuing to develop professionally as engineers through formal and informal education

Student Learning Outcomes

The mechanical engineering program at UW-Stout will prepare graduates for successful careers in mechanical engineering related professions and other career paths. The program will prepare students to sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, administrated by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Upon completing the degree program at UW-Stout, students will have attained the following outcomes as defined by the ABET-EAC accreditation requirements:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

 

Career Opportunities

Mechanical Engineering at UW-Stout produces in-demand, well-compensated graduates. Since the first graduates left the program in 2017, the program boasts a placement rate of 97% and a median starting salary of $61,000. Mechanical engineering is a broad discipline allowing graduates to work in many different roles. Examples of starting job titles include:

  • R&D Mechanical Engineer
  • Product Development Engineer
  • Field Engineer
  • Facilities Engineer
  • Automotive Manufacturing Program Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Fire Protection Designer
  • Payload Systems Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Integration Engineer
  • Project Engineer/Manager
  • Quality Engineer
  • Building Performance & Systems Engineer
  • Value Analysis Productivity Engineer

Our graduates work in diverse industries ranging and help companies make medical devices, outfit buildings with heating and cooling systems, streamline their manufacturing processes and much more. Employers include:

  • Andersen Corporation
  • Blattner Energy, Inc.
  • Boston Scientific
  • Cool Air Mechanical
  • Daikin Applied
  • Delkor Systems, Inc.
  • Egan Company
  • Generac Power Systems
  • Global Finishing Solutions
  • Graco Inc.
  • Henry Repeating Arms
  • HUSCO International
  • JF Ahern
  • Mitsubishi Electric Automation
  • Parker Hannifin Corporation
  • Pentair
  • Phillips-Medisize Corporation
  • Prent Corporation
  • ProMed Molded Products
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Seagrave Fire Apparatus
  • Sonoco
  • Specialty Coating System
  • Trane Technologies
  • TSI Incorporated
  • Waupaca Foundry
ME Advisory Committee

2022-23 ME Advisory Committee

Ken Barra V.P. Operations Advanced Research Medical
Chris Bendel STEMM College Assoc. Dean UW-Stout
Devin  Berg Associate Professor CSTEMM, Engineering and Technology Dept. 
Glenn  Bushendorf Senior Lecturer CSTEMM, Engineering and Technology Dept. 
Paul Craig Instrumentation Innovator UW-Stout
David  Ding Director, School of Engineering UW-Stout
Jason Eccles Operations Manager Bending Branches LLC
Jeff Esselman Director of Quality Assurance Innovia Medical
Logan Fogeltanz Adv Mfg Engineer Accessories Value Engineering
Christian  Gausman Director of Engineering OEM Fabricators, Inc.
Abhimanyu Ghosh Assistant Professor CSTEMM, Engineering and Technology Dept. 
Oai Ha  Assistant Professor Engineering & Technology Dept
Deslyn Hart Mechanical Engineer, Operations Leadership Andersen Corporation
Tom Lacksonen Professor CSTEMM, Engineering and Technology Dept. 
Kevin Larson Manufacturing Engineer DCA Manufacturing
Dave Leisses General Manager JF Ahern
Chris Luebke Senior Quality Engineer Advanced Molding Technologies  
Michelle Luu Mechanical Engineering Student UW-Stout
Marc McEllistrem Director, Materials Science and Engineering UW-Eau Claire
Gindy Neidermyer STEMM College Interim Dean UW-Stout
Steven Pax Engineering Manager SCT Manufacturing
Laura Reimer Value Analysis Productivity Engineer Trane Technologies
Jason Richardson Mechanical Engineering Student UW-Stout
George Singh Development Engineer Trane Technologies
Vivek Singhal Assistant Professor  
Nathan  Spike Assistant Professor Engineering & Technology Dept
Todd Treichel Program Manager and Business Development Sierra Nevada Corporation
Abhishek Verma Assistant Professor CSTEMM, Engineering and Technology Dept. 
Vincent Wheeler Assistant Professor, Program Director CSTEMM, Engineering and Technology Dept. 

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