Why earn a mechanical engineering degree?

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Mechanical Engineering Classes

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. You'll also build a component or design a system in at least one engineering class every year. All your classes will emphasize teamwork and collaborative problem solving, mandatory skills in today's engineering workplace. 

Customize Your Mechanical Engineering Degree

Focus on one of four optional concentrations:

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

Combined Mechanical Engineering Degree

Our combined mechanical engineering degree program could let you earn a master's degree in mechanical engineering in just one additional year. Choose to study online or on-campus.

UND's Mechanical Engineering Degree

  • 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.

  • UND was one of the first online mechanical engineering programs in nation. In fact, we offer the only online mechanical engineering degree in the Upper Midwest.

  • 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.

What can I do with a mechanical engineering degree?


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

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

Licensure Requirements

This program meets the educational requirements for licensure in all U.S. States.

Mechanical Engineering Classes 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 College for Mechanical Engineering

Be in demand. UND mechanical engineering graduates have gone to work at companies including:

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

Leaders in Action

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

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