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Mechanical Engineering (B.M.E.)

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering

Design and Innovate.

Become the complete engineer with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Dayton.  We offer cooperative education, service-learning, and innovative design programs to help you achieve your goals, and we have a long history of innovation, design, aerospace and manufacturing in our region, benefiting aspiring engineers. Your transition from student career to professional career in mechanical, aerospace or renewable and clean energy engineering is made easy. Along with a high retention rate through graduation, we have more co-op positions than we can fill, and a high job and graduate school placement rate. We must be doing something — our graduating seniors consistently rate their learning experience at UD as more effective than graduates from peer institutions!

Career Outlook

  • A degree that makes you competitive in today's job market
  • State-of-the-art laboratory facilities
  • Professors respected by scholars worldwide

Plan of Study

University Catalog for Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers apply principles of motion, energy, force, materials, and mathematics to design and analyze a wide variety of products and systems. The field requires an understanding of core concepts from several areas including mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, materials science and controls. Mechanical engineers use these core principles along with tools like computer-aided engineering and product life cycle management to design and analyze manufacturing plants, industrial equipment and machinery, heating and cooling systems, automotive systems, aircraft, robotics, medical devices, and more.  Today, mechanical engineers are pursuing developments in such fields as composites, mechatronics, and nanotechnology, and are helping to create a more sustainable future. 

Areas of Emphasis

The University of Dayton's mechanical engineering program has a variety of minors and concentrations available that allow you to explore your area of interest:


Program Details

Move from theory to real-world within our School of Engineering Innovation Center where you'll collaborate with fellow students on a project from start to finish and present your final results to your industry, small-business or social entrepreneur sponsor. And, our well-equipped laboratories in Kettering Laboratories and the Advanced Integrating Manufacturing Center (AIM) represent a large-scale engineering education center including:

  • Aerospace Laboratory that includes a 150 mph wind tunnel and a fully programmable flight simulator.
  • Energy Laboratory that provides computer data acquisition with a wide variety of experience in thermal and renewable energy systems.
  • Biomechanics Laboratory that facilitates detailed experiments on human motion and balance.
  • Materials Laboratory that gives students hands-on experience with metals, ceramic and composites.

Our Department leads by example and is committed to educating you in design, testing, manufacturing and research. Classes are taught by professors who are known for their accessibility, advising and mentorship outside, as well as inside, the classroom.

Virtual Academic Visit

Schedule a virtual academic visit today to get all your questions answered. Prospective students can connect online with an associate dean, department chair or faculty member and get a student perspective from an Engineering Ambassador. Complete the Online Academic Visit Form to set up your School of Engineering virtual academic visit.

Click here to schedule
Scholarship Opportunity

FIRST® Scholarship inspires young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs to build science, engineering, technology and life skills. The University of Dayton School of Engineering supports their endeavor with a $2500 renewable scholarship for students who major in chemical, civil, computer, discover (undecided), electrical, or mechanical engineering or engineering technology. For information, please click here to contact Shawnee Breitenstein.

Application (DOCX)

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Jamie Ervin, Department Chair

Kettering Laboratories
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0238