Mechanical Engineering


About

Mechanical engineering program is the most versatile of all engineering programs, and is designed for students who are interested in applying their solid backgrounds and knowledge of mathematics, science, and general engineering to design and conduct experiments; analyze and interpret data; and design systems, components, and processes to meet desired needs for a long-lasting societal impact.

Mechanical engineers pursue careers in the automotive, aerospace, chemical, computer, communication, defense, energy, railroad and robotics industries, just to name a few. Mechanical engineers are also found in almost all manufacturing industries. Increasingly, mechanical engineers are needed in the environmental and bio-medical fields, and many of our graduates have pursued education in medicine and law. Without a doubt, virtually every product or service in modern life has probably been touched in some way by a mechanical engineer!

Linked to this, our department is also offering a degree in manufacturing systems engineering. Manufacturing jobs have become a major staple in the state economy, and our department, joining forces by the College of Engineering and The University of Alabama, is doing what it can to supply a pipeline of workers. A new manufacturing facility has been built as part of an initiative oriented to develop a premier hub for multidisciplinary research and education in intelligent and advanced manufacturing systems and processes. This new B.S. program will provide graduates the skills and knowledge for successful careers in manufacturing systems and processes with practical applications ranging from manufacturing processes to cyber-physical systems.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is seeking outstanding applicants for multiple faculty positions. Additional details and a method to submit applications for each rank position can be found by visiting the UA hiring website.


New Bachelor’s Degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering

The department of mechanical engineering launched its new bachelor’s degree program in manufacturing systems engineering at the start of the fall 2022 semester. The new program, which is also offered via distance learning, will provide students with skills and knowledge for successful careers in manufacturing systems and processes with practical applications ranging from manufacturing processes to cyber-physical systems.

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Degrees

Mechanical Engineering, BS

The University of Alabama’s bachelor of science in mechanical engineering program is designed to specifically allow students maximum flexibility to select courses that will benefit them the most in support of their own career aspirations.

Mechanical Engineering, MS

Graduates complete 24-30 hours of graduate course work and a thesis.

Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D.

The doctorate requires 48 credit hours of coursework past the bachelor’s degree, a comprehensive qualifying exam and a dissertation.

Minors

Manufacturing, Minor

The Manufacturing minor is intended to provide our current undergraduates the skills and knowledge for successful careers in manufacturing systems and processes, and their practical applications ranging from manufacturing processes to other industries such as robotics, automotive and aerospace.

Extended Options

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RESEARCH AREAS

UA’s Department of Mechanical Engineering offers various opportunities for research with our faculty members in areas including, but not limited to:


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