Why earn a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering?

Application Deadlines
Feb. 1* | April 15^
Dec. 15
May 1

*Freshman Priority Deadline
^Transfer Priority Deadline

Gain hands-on experience from the first courses you take in the University of North Dakota's Mechanical Engineering program. You'll take four science courses with labs during your first two years, and you'll build a component or system designed by you in at least one class every year. All your classes will emphasize teamwork and collaborative problem solving, mandatory skills in today's engineering workplace.

Our combined mechanical engineering degree program could let you earn a master's degree in mechanical engineering in just one additional year.

You may focus on one of four optional concentrations:

  • Mechanical Design
  • Thermal Sciences
  • Manufacturing and Materials
  • Aerospace (134 credit hours required) 

Mechanical Engineering at UND

  • UND's mechanical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

  • Work on wind-tunnel experiments, space hardware design, nanotechnology and other projects.

  • Solve real-world industrial problems in design projects sponsored by 3M, NASA, Arctic Cat and more.

  • Earn a mechanical engineering degree wherever you live or work through UND Online. UND was one of the first online engineering programs in nation.

  • Experience hands-on learning from the start when you build a design project and prototype during your first year on campus.

  • Get on-the-job experience as an entry-level engineer in our co-op program. Work for companies such as Honda, Energizer, Xcel Energy and more while still a student —and while being paid.

Jobs in Mechanical Engineering 


Median annual salary for a mechanical engineer

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Number of new mechanical engineering jobs expected by 2028

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You'll graduate with the skills to pursue a career in mechanical design, thermal systems, and manufacturing and materials in industry or government. As one of the most versatile engineering disciplines, you'll find job opportunities in a broad spectrum of industries, including:

  • Aerospace
  • Renewable Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Consumer Products
  • Defense Industries
  • Medical
  • Petroleum
  • Transportation

When You Major in Mechanical Engineering

A Mechanical Engineering degree gives you the strategic skills you need, including:

  • Computer-Aided Design
  • AutoCAD
  • SolidWorks (CAD)
  • Creo Elements/Pro (Computer-Aided)
  • Design Software
  • Finite Element Methods

UND Mechanical Engineering Major Alumni

Mechanical Engineering alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • Seconn Automation Solutions, Inc.
  • 3M Company
  • Cirrus Design Corporation
  • The Boeing Company
  • Center for Energy and Environment

Mechanical Engineering Courses You Could Take

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Best Online Mechanical Engineering Program

UND is regarded as one of the top academic and research institutions in the nation for engineering. Our mechanical engineering program consistently ranks among the best for educational quality, affordability, and career outcomes.

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Top Online Engineering College in the Nation

UND mechanical engineering graduates have gone to work at companies including:

  • 3M
  • American Crystal Sugar
  • Arctic Cat
  • BAE Systems, Inc.
  • Blandin
  • Boeing
  • Boise Cascade
  • Cargill
  • Case IH
  • Caterpillar
  • Central Boiler
  • Cirrus Aircraft
  • Comm Dell Industries
  • Doosan Bobcat
  • Dow Chemical
  • Emerson
  • Epic
  • Erskine Manufacturing
  • Excel Energy
  • FCA North America
  • FedEx
  • Field of View
  • Fusion Automation
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber
  • Harris Corporation
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Lund Boats
  • Marvin Windows
  • Mattracks
  • Minnkota Power
  • NASA
  • Nothrup Grumman
  • Oakridge National Lab
  • Ottertail Power
  • PepsiCo
  • Philadelphia Macaroni
  • Daktronics
  • Honda R&D Americas
  • Polaris
  • Sandia National Labs
  • Steffes
  • TAG
  • Team Industries
  • Tesla
  • UTC Aerospace Systems
  • City and State Agencies
  • IBM
  • John Deere
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Dakota Gasification Company

Leaders in Action

Colin Sabie is an Army veteran who found inspiration during his military experience to pursue mechanical engineering.

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