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Mechanical engineers design and oversee the manufacture of many products such as medical devices and batteries. They design power-producing machines, such as electric generators, and power-using machines, such as refrigeration and air-conditioning systems. A degree in mechanical engineering will give you the expertise in areas like energy conversion and transmission; the flow of fluids and heat; the development, manufacturing, and operation of machinery and equipment; and transportation. With a mechanical engineering degree, you’ll be well-prepared in the fundamental areas of solid mechanics, thermal-fluid sciences, systems and design engineering, and materials engineering. 

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99.8% of WSC grads are employed or in grad school

Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey

Fast Facts

Degrees offered: This is a joint program between Wayne State College and University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering. You will complete your first years of coursework at Wayne State, then transfer to UNL to complete your B.S. in mechanical engineering.


Hours required:
Up to 80 hours at Wayne State College
60 hours at the University of Nebraska


School: Natural and Social Sciences


Department: Physical Sciences and Mathematics


Engineering Readiness Activities: This academic option includes mentoring, tutoring, and experiential learning such as hands-on projects and summer academies to prepare you for the rigors of an engineering program. Acclimation trips to UNL provide the opportunity to meet and network with UNL and WSC engineering ambassadors.

Mechanical Engineering Scholarships

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships and aid for your degree in mechanical engineering.

Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world.

Skills

Skills Learned

  • Mechanical design
  • Research and development
  • Mathematics
  • Physical science
  • Computer-based measurement and analysis tools 
  • Organizational, listening, communication, and interpersonal skills 
  • Lead and work effectively in teams

Careers

Possible Careers

  • Quality assurance officer
  • Project engineer
  • Systems engineer
  • Mechatronics engineer
  • Materials analyst
  • Combustion technician
  • Aerodynamics researcher
  • New product developer
  • Instrumentation designer
  • Control systems specialist

Employers

Employers

  • Aerospace firms
  • Automotive firms
  • Civil engineering firms
  • Power plants
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Research lab
  • Transportation companies
  • Computer and electronic products companies
  • Construction companies

Learn from the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 85% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, internships, and more.

Student clubs and organizations

Clubs and Organizations

WSC Service-Learning

Service-Learning

Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.

Activities for Math Majors

Opportunities

  • Projects, trips, and more – Conduct research projects and attend guest lectures and national and regional conventions to showcase your math skills.
  • Peer tutoring and mentoring programs – Help fellow students master their courses and improve their skills, or be part of a support system for new students, all while gaining valuable experience for your resume.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Student Teaching and Clinical Practice for Education Majors

Internships

Internships are not required for the pre-professional engineering programs at WSC, as this is typically completed in professional school for degree completion. However, Career Services is available to help you find job opportunities if you are looking for field-related work experience.

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