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Mechanical Engineering

Design and Innovate for the Common Good

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.

In addition, we have a long history of innovation, design, and manufacturing in our region, benefiting aspiring engineers. We view an engineer as a well-rounded person with technical skills and a human-centered mindset.

Our faculty and staff mentor our students for successful careers in mechanical engineering that align with personal interests by bringing state-of-the-art research and modern engineering challenges into the classroom. 

  • $60K

    average starting salary after graduation

  • 97%

    after graduation success rate: jobs, graduate study or military service

  • 32

    students on average per class for success

A High-Quality Education

Minors and Concentrations Capstone Design Experience Clubs and Organizations

Complement your mechanical engineering program with a minor or concentration that connects to your passions. Mechanical engineering minors include: Aerospace Engineering, Human Movement Biomechanics and Robotic Systems and our concentrations include: Aerospace Engineering and Energy Systems-Mechanical.

Engineering Minors and Concentrations

Move from theory to real-world at our Innovation Center. Collaborate with fellow students and present final results to industry, small-business or social entrepreneur sponsor.

Innovation Center

Student-run clubs and organizations provide students with the opportunity to synthesize knowledge in an area of unique interest, compete in national competitions, be part of a team and assume leadership roles.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Featured Programs and Initiatives

Engineering Research Centers and Labs

Students integrate theory and practice through hands-on experience in our laboratories. Mechanical engineering undergraduates have access to the Low-Speed Wind Tunnel, Merlin Flight Simulator, Design of Innovative Machines Lab, Engineering Wellness Through Biomechanics Lab and many more.

Go Baby Go

Mechanical engineering students apply their technical skills to modify electric toy cars for children with mobility issues.

Engineering Office of Student Success

The OSS is staffed by engineering professionals who serve as academic advisers. OSS advisers help you stay on track with your degree program while crafting a custom set of experiences (co-op, study abroad, ETHOS, etc.) to complement your coursework.

The Ethos Center

Students serve others and use practical engineering skills for humanitarian purposes. Our students learn about the world, different cultures and themselves. Students participate internationally or domestically in technical immersions for 11+ weeks or in breakouts for up to two weeks.

Engineering Co-op and Internship

Explore Your Engineering Future

Take your engineering experience to the next level and find your passion with co-op and internship opportunities. All engagements are paid positions and provide invaluable engineering work experience integrated into the student's academic plan. In one academic year, over 450 undergraduates accepted engineering placements that resulted in $6.2M paid directly to the undergrads.


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

Kettering Laboratories, Room 365
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0238

Program Accreditation

Our undergraduate mechanical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.