What is Mechanical Engineering?
Mechanical Engineering is one of the broadest of all engineering disciplines, traditionally encompassing three primary subfields: energy, mechanisms and machinery, and manufacturing. Although its primary purpose could be summarized as creating and improving machines to benefit mankind, this fundamental task engages the mechanical engineer in a vast array of fascinating specialty areas.
Mechanical engineers work in fields ranging from robotics to superconductivity, from centrifuges to artificial joints and limbs, from rocket propulsion systems to air conditioners. Almost everything sold on the market today has involved mechanical engineering, from its very conception and design to its production and marketing.
What will I study?
Majors choose from a number of inter-disciplinary electives in a number of areas within mechanical engineering.
- Aeronautical Systems
- Students study the science and design of fixed wing flight systems. Cadets fly in Army fixed wing aircraft as part of their coursework.
- Automotive Systems
- Students gain an in-depth knowledge of automotive power and transmission systems. Much of this material is presented in the context of Army vehicles and systems.
- Students explore biology and human physiology, in order to create interactions between human and mechanical systems.
- Power and Energy
- Students learn about energy resources, alternative energy, energy storage, conversion between forms of energy, and energy performance limitations as they apply to satisfying the needs of mankind.
- Engineering Management
- Students learn valuable skills such as how to manage time, finances, and personnel in the context of mechanical engineering projects.
- Students apply skills from mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science to enable real-world control of robots, unmanned aerial vehicles, and other autonomous systems.
Why study Mechanical Engineering?
Mechanical Engineering teaches you how things work. This will be of enormous benefit to you as an Army officer in an increasingly technical world. Almost everything used in the military has involved mechanical engineering at all or most stages of its design and production.
Mechanical Engineering teaches you how to think. Mechanical engineers learn how to describe, analyze, and solve problems using mathematics and systematic problem-solving techniques. Learning to think logically and to work systematically contributes to an ability to address new and difficult problems with confidence.
Mechanical Engineering teaches you how to oversee complicated and interdisciplinary projects. Because a mechanical engineering education teaches you how things work and how to logically solve new problems, mechanical engineers are in very high demand as project managers.
Mechanical Engineering provides an opportunity for solving challenging, real-life problems for the benefit of the Army and society. Engineers are explorers and inventors. They push technological frontiers to improve the quality of life for our nation’s citizens today and for the future. The Army provides many postgraduate educational and research opportunities at top universities and research laboratories for its best engineering minds.
Mechanical Engineering allows you to keep your options open. Mechanical engineers possess excellent reasoning skills and understand their world. These qualities make mechanical engineers competitive for most graduate programs of study in engineering as well as law, business, and medicine.
2017 U.S. News and World Report - ME Program #5 in the Nation
The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
Current ME Program enrollments/graduates:
*Number enrolled is at start of sophomore year, and does not include students who transferred into the ME major at a later time.