Engineering class


Frequently Asked Questions
(for Propsective Students)

What is Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical engineering is that branch of engineering which is concerned with mechanical and energy systems, along with the intelligent use of modern materials. Mechanical engineers conceive, plan, design, and direct the manufacture, distribution, and operation of a wide variety of devices, machines, and systems for energy conversion, environmental control, materials processing, transportation, materials handling, and other purposes. Although it is one of the oldest disciplines of engineering, Mechanical Engineering is constantly changing with innovative advances in technology. It touches almost every aspect of our life, from medical devices to kitchen appliances, from new materials, such as plastics and composites, to alternative fuels, from robots in manufacturing to micro-machines in electronics and surgery, from automobiles to space craft, etc.

Why choose Mechanical Engineering?

If you are intrigued by how things work, fascinated by robots and automobile engines, then Mechanical Engineering may be the profession for you. Since Mechanical Engineering is involved in almost every design imaginable, one finds mechanical engineers associated with almost any field of interest. For example, they are an integral part of the design of the high-tech equipment and devices used by the medical profession. Mechanical engineers participate directly and, often times, manage spacecraft design and research, and the design and analysis of safety systems in transportation including automobiles, aircraft, and light rail systems. The design of more efficient energy systems and producing materials that are lightweight, yet many times stronger than existing materials, are “cutting edge” areas involving mechanical engineers. The breadth of the undergraduate program in mechanical engineering makes it ideally suited for interdisciplinary research and design work in this era of complex technologies, which depend upon such a variety of physical principles. The breadthof the program can also make it a springboard for graduate study in business, law, medicine, political science, and other professions where a solid understanding of technology is important.

What is a career opportunity as Mechanical Engineers?

Most mechanical engineers work for manufacturers, aerospace companies, public utilities, the automotive industry, and the petroleum industry. They also work for architectural firm, government agencies and academic institutions. Mechanical engineers can be found testing cars of the future at an automotive research facility. Mechanical engineers are designing jet engines for aircraft manufacturers and inspecting rocket booster for NASA. Mechanical engineers are working on solar energy projects. Mechanical engineers joined together with medical professionals to create robotically controlled braces that help people to work. Mechanical engineers have also partnered with coaches and athletes to design sporting equipment. (Copied from Career as a Mechanical Engineer, published by the Institute for Career Research)

Am I accepted directly into the College of Engineering, or is there a waiting period?

When your application is accepted, you will be enrolled directly into the College of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering program. There is no waiting period, and you will be able to take engineering classes your first semester.

What are the courses in the Mechanical Engineering curricula?

Classes consist of a first year program of mathematics, engineering, science, and liberal arts. This program is identical to the Freshman year programs of Civil and Electrical Engineering. In fact, the courses in the Sophomore year, which are mainly engineering science courses, are pretty much the same for these programs. It is only in the Junior year that students begin to take the specialized courses associated with their curriculum.

Will I be able to graduate in 4 years?

Yes. Marquette’s program is designed to graduate students in four years. All classes needed for the Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical are guaranteed to be offered in the sequence necessary for a four year schedule. Summer school enrollment is not required to complete the program in four years. It is set up for eight semesters averaging about 16-1/2 credits. Students may choose to extend their college experience by taking a minor in a science, in business, or another engineering discipline. There is close coordination with other departments to schedule the classes required for a minor into the student’s elective classes, minimizing the additional time required.

Is the Co-op Program available?

Yes. The Co-operative Education (Co-op) Program combines the last two years of academic study with practical work experience. The Co-op Program enables the student to develop professionally as well as academically, to explore and clarify career goals and to earn money to apply toward their educational expenses.

What if I want to go on to graduate school?

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers graduate programs leading to an M.S. or Ph.D. in the Mechanical Engineering. Financial aid in the form of teaching/research assistantships or tuition scholarships are available to eligible students enrolled in these programs.


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1515 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233

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