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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,

Visit the School of Engineering Mechanical Engineering faculty page.

Mechanical Engineering Program Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the program shall possess:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors;
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives;
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions;
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

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

Mechanical Engineering Faculty

For a listing of the School of Engineering Mechanical Engineering faculty.