B.S. Mechanical Engineering

ME Students

Our Program

Mechanical engineering is a versatile and interdisciplinary field that includes everything from design at the molecular level to system integration of large-scale manufacturing machinery. Our program integrates theory and hands-on experiences to prepare graduates to creatively solve our world's challenges through innovation. 

Our state-of-the-art laboratories, student clubs, research, and machine shops give students opportunities to participate in our unique Learn by Doing curriculum from day one. Our hands-on approach prepares students to become successful and resourceful leaders in industry, government, and society.


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Mechatronics is the synergistic combination of mechanical, electrical, and computer technologies in the design of complex products and processes. Recent rapid growth of mechatronics as an area of engineering has given rise to a significant demand for mechatronics engineers. In the Mechanical Engineering Department at Cal Poly, our Mechatronics Concentration is helping meet this need by producing engineering graduates who are capable, well-rounded mechatronics designers. Mechatronics is a design philosophy, an integrated approach to engineering design.


The HVAC&R Concentration prepares students for careers in the heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) industry, with a focus on the design of mechanical systems for commercial and industrial buildings.


Students gain a fundamental understanding of engineering sciences, including mathematics, chemistry, and physics as well as deep training in engineering design. The principles of solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, and thermal sciences are included throughout the curriculum, providing students the knowledge and skill-set to design engineering solutions to problems encountered in the professional world..


Student Clubs

Student clubs and organizations are an integral part of our department curriculum and give our students unique, hands-on opportunities to become successful and resourceful professionals in their fields. Organizations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers, and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers provide each student with an opportunity to associate with fellow engineers through regional and national conferences.

For more information about our clubs, visit me.calpoly.edu/clubs.

Study Abroad

Explore study abroad programs and experiences designed for mechanical engineering students in exciting destinations. These programs offer a unique opportunity to earn credit while studying abroad with your fellow Cal Poly students and learning from experienced professors at distinguished universities.

For more information about our study abroad programs, visit me.calpoly.edu/study-abroad.


The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to engage in hands-on research while using critical thinking, collaborative, and entrepreneurial skills to help solve major societal challenges.

For more information about SURP, visit engineering.calpoly.edu/surp.

Our Curriculum

Click on a video to learn more about some of the courses we offer.

ME 236 | Measurement and Engineering Data Analysis ME 328 | Design for Strength and Stiffness ME 422 | Mechanical Control Systems
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IME 141 | Manufacturing Processes: Net Shape IME 143 | Manufacturing Processes: Materials Joining  
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