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Earn Your B.S. in Engineering with a Concentration in Mechanical Engineering at RMU

Mechanical Engineering DegreeMechanical engineering is a versatile field. Mechanical engineers are problem-solvers who apply the principles of mathematics, physics, and related engineering sciences to the design and analysis of automobiles, aircraft, heating and cooling systems, buildings and bridges, industrial equipment and machinery, medical devices, and more.

RMU mechanical engineering graduates are prepared to excel in this field and can also work in the areas of energy conversion, fuel and combustion technologies, biomedical products, noise control and acoustics, and refrigeration and air conditioning.

Mechanical Engineering Career Options

Recent graduates work here:
Bayer, Conair, Concurrent Technologies Corp., Core Furnace Systems, Deloitte Financial Services, Development Dimensions International, Eagle Global Logistics, FedEx, Honeywell, Microsonic, Moderne Glass Products, Penn United Technologies, Raytheon, Schroeder Industries, Siemens, SolidWorks, Target Systems, U.S. Steel.

Average starting salaries:

By type of employer

By job function





Building, Developing, General Contracting


Field Engineering


Consulting Services


Industrial Hygiene/Occupational Safety


Educational Services


Management Trainee


Electrical Equip./Appliance/Component Mfg.


Manufacturing/Industrial Engineering


Engineering Services


Project Engineering


Financial Services


Quality Control Engineering


Food, Beverage, & Tobacco


Other Engineering


Government (Federal)


Machinery Manufacturing


Petroleum & Coal Products


Transportation Services


Other Manufacturing Employers


Below is a typical four-year course of study for mechanical engineering students, including major requirements and electives. Your own schedule will vary based on your own interests. 

FRESHMAN/Fall Semester FRESHMAN/Spring Semester
Intro to Engineering Engineering Graphics
Calculus w/Analytic Geometry I Calculus w/Analytic Geometry II
Chemistry I with lab General Physics I with lab
Programming Argument & Research
Intercultural Communication/Reading & Writing Strategies Advanced Programming
SOPHOMORE/Fall Semester SOPHOMORE/Spring Semester
Statics & Strength of Materials Engineering Statistics
General Physics II with lab Circuits & Electromagnetics
Calculus w/Analytic Geometry III or similar Thermodynamics & Energetics
Engineering Materials Differential Equations
Public Speaking and Persuasion  Fundamentals of Accounting or similar
JUNIOR/Fall Semester JUNIOR/Spring Semester
Dynamics Value Design
Fluid Mechanics Heat Transfer
Linear Algebra with Applications  Management Theory & Practice 
Survey of Economics                         Principles of Marketing
Professional Communication in Workplace Contemporary American Social Problems or similar
SENIOR/Fall Semester SENIOR/Spring Semester
Engineering Practice Integrated Engineering Design
Machine Design Mechanical Engineering Elective
Mechanical Engineering Elective         Design & Analysis of Mechanical Systems
Humanities: Art and Music General Psychology
World Literature or similar                                 U.S. History or similar

Academic Internship Program
All engineering students are required to complete three credits of an academic internship between their sophomore and senior years to test their engineering skills in an appropriate industry setting. The internship is conducted under the joint supervision of advisors from the university and the industry partner.

Internship Employers
Bayer, Boeing, Bombardier Transportation, Centria, Curtiss-Wright Electro Mechanical Corp., Cutler Hammer, DBT America, Deloitte Financial Services, Development Dimensions International, FedEx, Flabeg, Fox IV Technologies, Kurt J. Lesker Co., Microsonic, NASA, Penn United Technologies, Pittsburgh Logistics Systems, Schroeder Industries, Target Systems, Tate-Jones, US Steel, and Wilcox Brothers.

The Learning Factory
RMU believes that students learn by doing and that they benefit from practice with the processes and equipment used in industry. The heart of RMU's engineering offerings is The Learning Factory, where students gain hands-on experience with design, testing and manufacturing processes and equipment, in much the same way that medical students learn from clinical training in a hospital.

The industrial-grade facility allows students to take a product from concept to reality using cutting-edge technology. It includes equipment for automatic identification, CNC machining and turning, controls, injection molding, machine tool monitoring, machine vision, materials testing, metallography, metrology, packaging, powder metallurgy, rapid prototyping, reverse engineering, and robotics. Hardware is supported by a suite of software packages for design, analysis, manufacturing, simulation, offline programming, controls, monitoring, integration, software development, enterprise resource management and other engineering activities.

The School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science unites faculty members from diverse disciplines and provides  opportunies for collaboration in teaching and research between faculty and students. We provide students with real-world experiences that give them the skills they need to compete in the job market. The results show: a 96% job placement rate for our graduates. We emphasize a global curriculum and have a diverse student and faculty body. We make sure our students are engaged citizens of the globe and experienced professionals in sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement. 

For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)

Higher education is an investment in your future. 

At Robert Morris University, we will work closely with you to show you how to finance your education through a combination of need-based financial aid, scholarships, and financing strategies to make your education attainable. RMU has one of the lowest tuition rates of all private institutions in the state, but we know that financing your education can be complicated, and your family might need help in understanding your options. 

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