As it has evolved, mechanical engineering has come to include emerging energy solutions, which are integral to everything from the betterment of daily life to national security interests and global prosperity. Engineers are in high demand in academia and the workplace to solve major challenges in sustainable energy provision, the development of innovative medical devices and the mechanics of new materials for the next generation of vehicles.
Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest and broadest engineering disciplines evolving from ancient times to today, and it is continually advancing in dynamic ways. Mechanical engineering at its core covers the design, analysis and synthesis of various systems and technologies with mechanical components.
Applications of mechanical engineering can be seen in:
Because mechanical engineering is the most general of the engineering disciplines, graduates of this program will be able to seek positions in many industries.
The combination of mechanical engineering with energy studies will produce specialists in the energy field with a broad education in the fundamentals of engineering. Their specialization will be especially attractive to energy-related industries like the growing field of energy production, distribution and management.
Graduates will be prepared for industries including:
UNT students can find assistance with locating career openings, student employment, internships and financial assistance through the UNT Career Center or the Office of Internships and Co-Ops. Students in the Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering can also find career and job assistance by talking with their departmental advisor.
Overall engineering employment is expected to grow by 11 percent over the 2008–18 decade,* and job prospects will continue to develop as the world continues to explore alternative energy development and applications, as well as new technologies in biotechnology, manufacturing, materials science and nanotechnology. The recent rise in energy prices has also accelerated growth and has increased employment opportunities in the energy industry significantly.
Competitive pressures and advancing technology will force companies to improve and update product designs and to optimize their manufacturing processes. Employers will rely on engineers to increase productivity and expand output of goods and services. New technologies continue to improve the design process, enabling engineers to produce and analyze various product designs much more rapidly than in the past.*
As a group, engineers earn some of the highest average starting salaries among college graduates. According to a July 2009 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the average starting salary offers for graduates of bachelor’s degree programs in mechanical engineering was over $58,000.*
*Information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics