University at Buffalo

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Program Description

Mechanical engineers use principles of energy, mechanics, and materials to design and manufacture machines and devices of all types. Mechanical engineering graduates have a broad background enabling them to work in research and development for many industries that use mechanics, energy and heat, mathematics, design, and manufacturing. Mechanical engineers work to solve contemporary problems such as: How can we design the next generation of sustainable and autonomous vehicles? How can we design and develop novel sustainable energy systems? Can we develop new revolutionary materials to reduce cost and increase product performance? How can digital design and analysis technologies increase the efficiency of complex product and system development?

Focus Areas

  • Sustainable energy systems
  • Power-producing machines
  • Automotive vehicles and systems of transportation
  • Industrial production equipment
  • Material handling systems
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Biomedical devices
  • Control and sensor devices

Potential Career Opportunities

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer,
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Energy Engineer
  • HVAC Engineer
  • Robotics Engineer
  • Materials Engineer
  • Quality Assurance Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Research and Development Engineer
  • Technical Sales Engineer
  • Control Systems Engineer

Target audience


Program Format


Educational Level Prerequisites

High School diploma

Program Type

Degree Program

Expected Outcomes