Why Study Mechanical and Energy Engineering?

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. 

What is Mechanical and Energy Engineering?

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. Critical to the Mechanical and Energy Engineering graduating student is competence in both the fundamental areas of mechanical engineering AND energy engineering. 

MEE Alum Jeremy Anderson

Applications of mechanical and energy engineering can be seen in: 

  • Energy production
  • Energy management and conservation 
  • Energy distribution
  • Thermal management of microelectronic Devices
  • Dynamic and robotic systems
  • New materials including composites and nanotechnology
  • Transportation including automobiles, airplanes and spacecraft 
  • Manufacturing 

What can I do with a degree in Mechanical and Energy Engineering?

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 department is guided by an outstanding Industrial Advisory Board engaged with curriculum and strategic planning. 

The combination of mechanical engineering with energy  will produce engineers that understand and comprehend the importance of energy in all streams of mechanical engineering. Specific Energy 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:

  • Alternative Energy
  • Energy Management & Conservation
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Advanced Materials Design
  • Automotive Manufacturing and Parts
  • Computer Hardware and Software
  • Electric Utilities
  • Electronics, Controls and Sensors
  • Logistics and Operations Support
  • Paper and Pulp Products
  • Chemicals
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Gas Production and Distribution
  • Petroleum Exploration, Production, Refinement and Distribution
  • Nanotechnology
  • Aerospace
  • Engineering Education
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation
  • Water Utilities

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.

Mechanical and Energy Engineering Job Outlook

Overall engineering employment is expected to grow by 5 percent over the 2014–24 period, and Prospects for mechanical engineers overall are expected to be good. They will be best for those with training in the latest software tools, particularly for computational design and simulation. Such tools allow engineers and designers to take a project from the conceptual phase directly to a finished product, eliminating the need for prototypes.*

Mechanical engineers often work on the newest industrial pursuits. The fields of alternative energies, remanufacturing, and nanotechnology may offer new opportunities for occupational growth. Remanufacturing—rebuilding goods for a new use after they have worn out or become nonfunctional—holds promise because it reduces the cost of waste disposal. Nanotechnology, which involves manipulating matter at the tiniest levels, may affect the employment of mechanical engineers because they will be needed to design production projects on the basis of that technology. Nanotechnology will be useful in areas such as healthcare and designing more powerful computer chips. *

As a group, engineers earn some of the highest average starting salaries among college graduates. According to the NACE Salary Survey Winter 2016 Projected Starting Salaries by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the average starting salary offers for graduates of bachelor’s degree programs in mechanical engineering is projected to be $64,891 with Master's starting salaries at a projected $73,871 and Doctoral starting salaries at $95,055.

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Additional information about careers in energy engineering 

*Information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics