Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers plan and design machines, tools, engines, and other equipment or systems that produce or use power. They design products such as instruments, controls, engines and machines as well as mechanical, thermal, hydraulic and heat transfer systems.

They plan and direct fabrication of test control apparatus and equipment in addition to developing methods and procedures for testing products and services. Mechanical engineers direct and coordinate construction and installation activities to ensure conformance with engineering design and customer specifications. They coordinate operation, maintenance and repair activities to get the best use of machines and systems. Mechanical engineers may also evaluate field installations and recommend design changes to eliminate malfunctions.

Beyond the classroom

As a mechanical engineering student at WMU, you will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on projects with local industry, qualify for our departmental scholarships, and become a member of the Sunseeker solar racing team. WMU's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences also has more than 25 student organizations open to you, including the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Condition Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Pi Tau Sigma, Society of Automotive Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Tau Beta Pi and Theta Tau.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in mechanical engineering are working in a variety of industries, including:

  • Architectural design
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Communications

Among the companies they work for are:

  • Lockheed Martin
  • Dana Corp
  • Motorola
  • Oldcast Precast
  • Giffles America Inc.
  • Mann+Hummel
  • Borisch Manufacturing Corp.
  • Honda R&D Americas
  • Nalco
  • The Boeing Company
  • American Axle & Manufacturing
  • FEMA Corp.
  • Gentex Corporation
  • Humphrey Products
  • Innotec

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo