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Mechanical Engineering

UC Merced - Mechanical Engineering students working in lab

Mechanical engineers are recruited in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, power generation, environmental, electronics, bioengineering, food processing and consulting firms, among many others. Because of the variety of fields that are relevant to this profession, the undergraduate program covers areas in dynamics, materials, thermal/fluids, vibrations, controls, computer aided engineering, design and manufacturing. The innovative curriculum at UC Merced provides hands-on education that exposes students to engineering fundamentals, laboratory work and the use of computational tools to solve realistic engineering problems. The program also prepares students to pursue graduate work in engineering or other disciplines. Mechanical Engineering is an evolving discipline that adapts to the current needs of society. Some of the exciting current areas of research include advanced energy systems, sustainable energy, autonomous vehicles, biomechanics and biosensors, nano/micro-technology, computational modeling, design optimization and complex systems.

The Mechanical Engineering program at UC Merced is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Mechanical Engineering Program Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the program shall possess:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret 
  3. An ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within 
realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, 
health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. An ability to communicate effectively
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions 
in a global, economic, environmental and societal context
  9. A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary 
for engineering practice

Mechanical Engineering Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduating, alumni of the Mechanical Engineering program are expected to: 

  1. Practice mechanical engineering to innovate with respect to thermal/fluid systems, mechanical systems and design, and sustainable energy systems in public and private enterprises
  2. Communicate effectively, in written and spoken format, with professional and broader communities
  3. Pursue life-long learning, in the pursuit of recognizing new directions and knowledge in engineering, and understanding modern tools of analysis, synthesis and design
  4. Incorporate interdisciplinary concepts into engineering solutions
  5. Practice engineering in an ethical manner, respecting regulatory concerns and the broader impacts of engineering solutions

Program enrollment and graduation data are available on the Institutional Planning and Analysis website at the following links: (enrollment table) (graduation table