What is mechanical engineering?
Simply speaking, mechanical engineering deals with anything that moves, from the tiniest micro-particle to the largest spacecraft, and even the human body—one of our most complex machines. It is the broadest of all engineering disciplines, and interdisciplinary work is key to our department’s success. Our flexible curriculum focuses on energy, materials and manufacturing of all sorts, as well as dynamics, robotics, design and controls.
What do mechanical engineers do?
It’s difficult to identify an aspect of our daily lives that hasn’t been touched by mechanical engineering. Mechanical engineers use their knowledge of materials, design and manufacturing to advance the world around us. They design and create everything from micro-sensors, medical devices, computers and car engines to robots, cookstoves, sports equipment and airplanes.
Where do mechanical engineers work?
Mechanical engineers are employed in nearly every kind of industry and business type, from small startups to Fortune 500 companies. They are involved with seeking new knowledge through research, creative design and development, and with the construction, control, management and sales of the devices and systems needed by society. Additionally, some mechanical engineers take their knowledge and apply it to non-traditional career pathways in medicine or law.
If you are a pre-engineering student looking to learn more about life as a student in the ME Department, consider connecting with a peer mentor via the College of Engineering Mentor Program. Peer mentors are upper-division engineering students who are ready to answer your questions and talk to you about their experiences studying engineering at the UW. Note that a NetID login is required to view the list of mentors.