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Work behind the scenes—and machines—as a mechanical engineering major

What do massive airplanes, complex nuclear reactors, and the small food processor on your kitchen counter have in common? They were all designed by a mechanical engineer. Build a successful career learning to create these devices and many others as a mechanical engineering major at Mercer University.

You will dive into the fundamentals of engineering, learn basic principles, and discover how to apply them to build machines and other solutions. Then, you can use your expertise to grow a meaningful career influencing the design of products and systems that improve people’s lives.

At Mercer, you will also find challenging and exciting courses for mechanical engineering, hands-on learning opportunities, and mentorship and support from our expert faculty. When you graduate, you will be a skilled and knowledgeable mechanical engineer, ready to begin your career in the field or pursue graduate studies.

Broaden your horizons as a mechanical engineer through a related minor

Mercer offers two minors for an interdisciplinary approach to your mechanical engineering undergraduate education:

  • The Engineering for Development minor, or E4D, prepares you to design and implement sustainable solutions that benefit people and the environment.
  • The Technical Communication minor shows you how to evaluate your audience and tailor messaging accordingly—no matter how technical or complex it may be.

Your Mercer mechanical engineering undergraduate experience

At Mercer, you will take courses in mechanical engineering with experts in the field, study important subjects from statics to mechanics, and tackle challenging hands-on projects. When you graduate with your mechanical engineering undergraduate degree, you will stand out in the job market with the skills highly sought-after by today’s employers.

Hands-on learning experiences

At Mercer, you can practice your skills and techniques long before you graduate.

As a mechanical engineering major, you will have opportunities to dive into faculty-led research projects, service-learning experiences, internships, and more.

Through your courses for mechanical engineering, you will hand sketch and use leading industry software to design objects, test various mechanical components and devices, gather data, and work as a team to create realistic engineering systems.

This hands-on work will help you develop and hone the technological skill set you will need as a mechanical engineer—plus the collaboration, leadership, and communication skills employers seek.

Explore courses for mechanical engineering

As a mechanical engineering major at Mercer, you will develop a solid foundation of industry knowledge through engineering and general studies courses. Then, you will build on it through technical electives and courses for mechanical engineering.

Our mechanical engineering undergraduate curriculum covers the fundamentals of engineering and shows you how to apply these principles to create optimal design solutions for many engineering problems.

You will take courses covering a variety of topics, including statics, dynamics, mechanics, heat transfer, and materials science. Some of the courses you may take include:

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Machine Design
  • Visualization, Graphics, and Solid Modeling

Explore courses descriptions and program requirements for mechanical engineering.

Learn from experienced faculty

Top schools for mechanical engineering—such as Mercer—have faculty members who are experts in the field and the classroom.

Your instructors are actively researching and specializing in a wide range of areas within the field, including composite materials, thermal sciences, solar power and renewable energy, materials science, and more.

Not only will your instructors introduce you to these areas, but they will also bring their firsthand experiences and work to the classroom and lab, allowing you to see and understand how the work plays out in real-world scenarios.

Meet our mechanical engineering undergraduate program professors.

Careers and graduate study options for mechanical engineering majors

Companies and organizations are actively searching for highly skilled and trained professionals who have completed degree programs at top schools for mechanical engineering. At Mercer, you will prepare to become a competitive candidate in the job market so you can build a successful and rewarding career.

Graduates work in a variety of settings, including the Mercer Engineering Research Center and for companies such as Georgia Power, Milliken & Company, Boeing, and Frito-Lay.

Your coursework will equip you for work spanning numerous industries, including roles such as:

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Automotive engineer
  • Engineering consultant
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Production engineer

Through the 4+1 Integrated Degree Program, eligible students can choose their master’s specialization in their junior year and receive a 50% graduate tuition benefit during their fifth year of study to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees more quickly and affordably.

Mercer offers related master’s programs within the School of Engineering, including:

I have a pretty good bit of experience with mechanical engineering outside of school. I worked my first internship at an Aluminum Extrusion company after my freshman year. I have also worked at MERC for over a year and a half. On top of this, I did research in composites and 3D printing for 2 semesters with Dr. Arash Afshar and Dr. Dorina Mihut.

Dylan Kennedy, B.S.E. '20, Staff Engineer, Mercer Engineering Research Center

Mechanical Engineering Alum Dylan Kennedy

Being an engineer at Mercer has taught me many things. Along with the material I have studied in each of my courses, I managed to learn other skills such as communication, time management, organization, and most importantly creative thinking. These are some of the skills required for any engineer to succeed in the real world.

Safi Rahman, Mechanical Engineering, '21

Mechanical Engineering Student Safi Rahman

Classes vary between solid mechanics, material science, design, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and more. This major gives me a chance to learn a little bit of everything. It provides me leg room in discovering passions, and it opens my mind to learning anything.

Zachary Kubas, Mechanical Engineering, '21

Mechanical Engineering Student Zachary Kubas
Mercer University female engineering student close-up in engineering lab, wearing protective goggles looking at machine and smiling

Find your purpose with Mercer

Take the next step toward pursuing a mechanical engineering major and apply today.

Professional licensure

All of Mercer’s programs that lead to licensure are designed to meet the educational requirements of regulatory authorities in the State of Georgia. If you intend to seek licensure or certification outside of Georgia, please review Mercer’s professional licensure disclosure for more information.