The profession of mechanical engineering is directed toward the design, manufacture, and system integration of a very wide variety of equipment ranging from manufacturing machinery and power generation equipment to consumer goods. Of central concern to mechanical engineers is the sound application of basic principles of solid mechanics, fluid mechanics and thermal sciences in the design, manufacture, and application of this equipment. Mechanical Engineering graduates obtain employment primarily with manufacturers, energy companies, consultants, and government agencies. Types of work performed by graduates include product design, mechanical design, testing, engineering management, engineering sales, design of manufacturing systems, and development of maintenance procedures. Mechanical Engineering graduates also often enhance their careers through graduate study in engineering, and some students also study engineering to build a scientific and technical foundation as a prelude to enrollment in medical, law, and business schools.
From the Faculty
Above all, we have the most dedicated, student-focused faculty anywhere. Most of our faculty have spent years in industry, or have other significant industrial experience (what better way to learn engineering than to learn it from engineers?). And yet, our first love is to be educators. Our faculty teach the labs; Graduate Teaching Assistants are rare. Faculty are involved in our clubs and team projects. Finally, students have a rapport with professors that is hard to find elsewhere, with plentiful office hours and open doors.
To impart knowledge in the art and science of mechanical engineering through a comprehensive curriculum true to the traditional Cal Poly learn-by-doing philosophy that produces mechanical engineers of high ethics and skill, fully prepared for entry into industry, government, graduate school and private enterprise.
See Accreditation Page for more on the ME Department's program educational objectives.
Learn by Doing
We offer one of the most practical, hands-on programs available. Our curriculum is laboratory-intensive: some 20 courses have required laboratories! We encourage our students to take internships and/or cooperative education opportunities to get real industry experience. And in our year-long, capstone Senior Project course, students design, build, and test systems they develop for industry sponsors. And let’s not forget the facilities available to our students, like the 24-hour labs and the student machine shops!