The Purdue University Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) degree at IUPUC is a versatile program that will provide you with rewarding career opportunities in the public and private sectors.
As a graduate of the BSME program, you will be prepared to work in a variety of diverse fields, including:
- Propulsion and power generation
- Testing and field engineering
- Technical sales and marketing
- New product research and development
- Consulting and forensic engineering
- Design and process engineering
- Manufacturing and applications engineering
- Engineering project and program management
- Technical executives and chief technology officers
- New business entrepreneurs
What is Mechanical Engineering?
Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest fields in engineering. Mechanical engineers research, design, and test mechanical systems, products, and processes for nearly every major sector of the global economy. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) currently lists 36 technical divisions within the discipline, ranging from advanced energy systems and aerospace engineering to solid-waste engineering and consulting-forensic engineering.
Mechanical engineers, or MEs, use their knowledge of physics, mathematics, and materials in conjunction with learned skills like problem-solving and critical thinking to transform scientific knowledge into goods and services. They analyze, design, and manufacture mechanical parts and devices. These devices may be very small, like nano-sensors, fluidic nozzles and diffusers, mini-pumps, injectors, and surgical tools. Others may be large mechanical systems to generate power or propel large aircraft and space vehicles.
Mechanical engineers take products from an idea to the marketplace. They rely on their knowledge of materials, statics and dynamics, fluid mechanics, gas dynamics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, process control, measurements and instrumentation, design, manufacturing, and simulation to understand and create mechanical systems.
Specialized mechanical engineering areas include biomechanics, tissue and bioengineering, energy conversion, bio-based materials and processing, combustion, micro-fluidic devices, fracture mechanics, nanomechanics, advanced power generation, tribology (friction and wear), and vibrations.