Mechanical Engineering

An ABET Accredited program for diverse career opportunities

If your passion is learning how things work by taking them apart and successfully putting them back together, the Mechanical Engineering major at Alfred University is a great fit for you. The program is accredited by ABET and is an ideal education for students looking to enter into industry, develop of their own company, or for a variety of opportunities in education, aerospace, automotive, chemical, and government agencies.


Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY


Mechanical Engineering (BS)


Mechanical Engineering

Why Study Mechanical Engineering At Alfred University?

Modern Facilities

New test facilities including a water tunnel, a wind tunnel, and test frames for measuring the strength of materials.

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A hands-on engineering curriculum that introduces students to modern mechanical engineering tools during the first semester.

Showcase Talents

A senior-design project that showcases your creative talents for solving real-world engineering problems.

What Do Mechanical Engineers Do?

Mechanical Engineers (ME) are often called the general practitioners of engineering. Mechanical engineers work in a wide range of industries: automotive, aerospace, electrical, solar, and materials processing. The challenges they encounter are as varied as the industries in which they work. In addition to using basic math and science tools, mechanical engineers must also be creative to solve open-ended problems.

What Will You Study?

During the first year, you will take Introduction to Engineering, Computer-Aided Design, and Mechanical Engineering Explorations lab, in addition to foundation courses in math, chemistry, and physics. Throughout your studies, you will get opportunities to design and build things as you learn about solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and heat transfer. As a senior, you will undertake a year-long senior design project, learning how to function as an effective group member within a realistic, job-like environment. A sample of current projects includes the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Mini-Baja, American Society of Mechanical (ASME) Human Powered Vehicle Competition (HPVC) and Vex Robotics Competition (VRC).

What Will You Do After Graduation?

Graduates are ready to work in a wide range of industries as mechanical engineers who solve technical problems and take on managerial responsibilities. Many of our graduates work in advanced manufacturing. Some of our graduates further their education with advanced degrees in science, engineering, or business.

  • CEMS 214 Structure and Properties of Materials
  • CHEM 105 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 106 General Chemistry II
  • ENGR 101 Introduction to Engineering
  • ENGR 102 Computer Aided Design
  • ENGR 104 Computer Aided Engineering
  • ENGR 110 Technical Communication
  • ENGR 11x Exploration Labs (select 2, 1 credit each)
  • ENGR 220 Circuit Theory I
  • ENGR 305 Engineering Statistics
  • ENGR 306 Engineering Economics
  • ENGR 395 Engineering Design
  • ENGR 490 Senior Capstone Project
  • MATH 151 Calculus I
  • MATH 152 Calculus II
  • MATH 253 Calculus III
  • MATH 271 Differential Equations
  • MATH 371 Linear Algebra
  • MECH 211 Statics
  • MECH 212 Dynamics
  • MECH 241 Mechanics of Materials I
  • MECH 320 Thermodynamics I
  • MECH 321 Thermodynamics II
  • MECH 324 Fluid Mechanics I
  • MECH 326 Heat Transfer
  • MECH 327 Thermal Sciences Laboratory
  • MECH 343 Mechanics of Materials Laboratory
  • MECH 362 Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery
  • MECH 364 Machine Design I
  • MECH 366 Manufacturing
  • MECH 417 Introduction to Finite Element Analysis
  • PHYS 125 Physics I
  • PHYS 126 Physics II
  • Mechanical Electives
  • Technical Elective
  • Humanities, Social Science and Arts electives

For more information, please review the School of Engineering Curriculum by Semester Worksheets by degree program.

The BS degree program in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The minor in Mechanical Engineering is a great option for students majoring in physics, math, chemistry, or any of our other engineering majors.

  • MECH 211 Statics
  • MECH 212 Dynamics
  • MECH 241 Mechanics of Materials
  • MECH 320 Thermodynamics
  • MECH 324 Fluid Mechanics
  • MECH 326 Heat Transfer
  • Choice of 300 or 400 MECH

If you have varied interests in engineering but are unsure which you excel at or enjoy working with the most, consider exploring our Undecided Engineering pathway. The Inamori School of Engineering provides this option to students who are undecided as first-year students and allows them to discover the field of engineering that's the best fit for them.

Undergraduate Full‐Time Enrollment (from Fall Census)
Major 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Biomat. Eng./Biomed Mat. Eng. 33 34 41 31 32 30 31
Ceramic Engineering 68 63 72 63 57 49 45
Electrical Engineering N/A N/A 0 4 10 12 24
Glass Engineering Science 15 15 13 9 15 15 15
Materials Science and Engineering 48 48 50 46 44 42 44
Mechanical Engineering 182 185 165 160 137 121 100
Renewable Energy Engineering 30 44 42 35 15 N/A N/A
Undecided 26 37 35 44 39 48 32
Non‐degree 4 4 12 9 6 4 3
BS Graduates (August through May)
Major 2016-17 2015‐16 2014-15 2013‐14 2012‐13 2011‐12 2010‐11 2009‐10
Biomat. Eng./Biomed Mat. Eng. 7 7 3 8 7 6 5 5
Ceramic Engineering 19 15 12 14 17 8 11 11
Electrical Engineering 0 1 6 5 4 8 9 11
Glass Engineering Science 4 2 0 6 2 4 7 5
Materials Science and Engineering 10 13 5 7 12 11 11 9
Mechanical Engineering 37 23 29 24 18 25 25 17
Renewable Energy Engineering 12 3 3 0 0 N/A N/A N/A

What Will You Do?

Within the past few years, graduates have obtained jobs as:

  • Mechanical Engineer – CAF USA
  • Quality Engineer - Amphenol Aeospace
  • Group Manager - Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Project Engineer - D.P. Wolff, Inc.
  • Design Engineer - Engine Power Source
  • Engineering Support Specialist - BAE Systems, Inc.
  • Junior Mechanical Engineer - Corning Incorporated
  • Design Engineer - Engine Power Source
  • Manufacturing Engineer - Harris Corporation
  • Advanced Manufacturing Engineer/Data Analyst - Honeywell Aerospace
  • Project Engineer, HVAC Safety - Intertek
  • Manufacturing Engineer - Owens Corning
  • Project Coordinator - Northern Architectural Systems
  • Application Engineer - Qualitrol Corporation

Program educational objectives (or PEOs) are broad statements that describe what we expect graduates of AU's mechanical engineering program to attain 3-5 years after graduation. PEOs are reviewed and revised regularly to ensure that the program educational objectives are relevant to the needs of today's employers.

Program Educational Objectives

During the first few years after graduation:

  1. Our graduates will be working in a wide range of industries as mechanical engineers who solve fundamental problems and effectively communicate their work.
  2. Some of our graduates will be working collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams, and move into positions of increased technical skill requirements and managerial responsibilities.
  3. Some of our graduates will be pursuing or will have completed advanced degrees in science and engineering, MBA programs, or law school.
  4. Some of our graduates will be active participants in their profession, including society activities, scholarly publications, and student mentoring.

Program Outcomes (Student Learning Outcomes)

Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering program at Alfred University will have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • 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.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

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