A Career Guide for the Mechanical Engineering Major

Mechanical Engineering is the branch of engineering concerned with mechanical systems and their use to control and transform energy. Mechanical engineering embraces the science and art of the generation, transmission and utilization of thermal and mechanical (fluid and solid) energy; and the design, production and application of devices and systems.

Internal combustion engines, motors of all types, nuclear reactors, refrigerators, elevators, robots and a wide variety of medical equipment are a sampling of the visible and useful results of mechanical engineering.

The FAU Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a course of study designed to prepare the individual for an active career in mechanical engineering or to continue education through post-graduate studies.

Mechanical engineering is an extensive field and it is necessary for every student to attain considerable depth of knowledge in the mechanical, thermal, and material sciences. The program allows for special areas of interest such as mechanical design, energy conservation, controls, environmental control, materials, computer aided design and others.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

  • Mathematical problem solving
  • Mechanical devices
  • Curiosity about how things work
  • Computers
  • Cars (other motor-driven apparatus)
  • Physical sciences
  • Developing ideas into practical uses
  • Good spatial perception and abstract reasoning
  • Manual dexterity
  • Detail oriented
  • Creativity
  • Good organizational skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Analytical skills
  • Adept at gathering and documenting research data
  • Good verbal and written communication skills


The FAU curriculum for a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering is a four-year* degree program. A listing of the degree requirements and a sample four-year program can be found in the undergraduate academic catalog. Students must complete the Calculus and Physics with Calculus sequences before they will be allowed to enroll in the introductory engineering courses.

Technical electives must be chosen to fulfill certain "design" requirements in the curriculum. The Faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is available to provide guidance for the selection of technical electives, and for assuring the proper sequencing of courses to meet specified prerequisites.

*It will be necessary for full-time students to take one summer semester of courses to complete the degree requirements in four years.


The following are examples of positions often held by Mechanical Engineering graduates:

Aerospace Engineer
Agricultural Engineer
Automotive Engineer
Biomedical Engineer
Heating and Air Conditioning Technician
Industrial Engineer
Materials Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Packaging Engineer
Plastics Fabrication Engineer
Research Engineer
Safety Engineer
Systems Engineer
Test Engineer

Note: Some of the above professions will require advanced study or training.


For information about choosing a career, graduate/ professional school, internships or job descriptions, and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)

Davie Campus - Modular G

Jupiter Campus - SR 110

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

College of Engineering & Computer Science
Boca Raton Campus, Science & Engineering Building Room 308, (SE 308)

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Boca Raton Campus, Engineering Building Room 120, (ENG 120)

The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Programs, and in cooperation with the College of Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

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