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Mechanical Engineering

Have you ever taken something apart just to see how it works? Do you want to learn how to design sophisticated tools, machines or engines yourself? If so, then you may want to look into studying Mechanical Engineering, one of the oldest and broadest fields of engineering.

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UTSA’s Mechanical Engineering Program

UTSA’s Mechanical Engineering degree is ABET accredited. In this program, you’ll gain exposure to the areas of design and manufacturing, mechanics and materials, and thermal and fluid systems. You’ll learn how to apply these subjects toward many industries including aerospace, automotive, biomedical, energy (wind/solar/petrochemical), heating and cooling systems, machinery, materials, microelectronics, robotics, structures and more. Who knows, maybe you’ll work on designing the next Honda engine or discover a new way to capture sustainable energy!

Careers in Mechanical Engineering

Top job titles for Mechanical Engineering graduates include:

• Mechanical Engineer
• Engineering Manager
• Chemical Engineer
• Manufacturing Engineer
• Industrial Engineer

Mechanical Engineering and its related career pathways are currently in lower demand than average in Texas, with more than 4,000 job opportunities in the 2018-2019 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Michigan, Connecticut and California. More than 12 million mechanical engineering-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Please note that there are additional admission requirements that need to be met in order to be admitted into this major. View all of UTSA’s specific admission requirements here.

Industries for Mechanical Engineering Graduates

Mechanical Engineering is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of mechanical engineering-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Engineering Related Services
• Scientific Development Services
• Device Manufacturing
• Support Activities for Mining
• Chemical and Petroleum Manufacturing

Salaries for Mechanical Engineering Graduates

The salary range for open mechanical engineering-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $62,451
median $83,574
top 10% $106,566

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Mechanical Engineering Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a Mechanical Engineering graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Mechanical Engineering may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy working with others
• You like solving puzzles and problems
• You are a good planner
• You are well organized
• You enjoy learning


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