University of Southern Indiana

Mechanical Engineering

Design products and systems for the real world, and outer space too!

Mechanical Engineering is the broadest of the engineering disciplines, with the practicing mechanical engineer conceiving and designing everything from individual components, like latches in automobiles and heat exchangers in refrigerators, to large systems, such as terrestrial vehicles and spacecraft. In fact, USI's CubeSAT team has successfully  developed a satellite and has been authorized by NASA to send it into orbit this year!

BSME-specific courses build directly upon the engineering core curriculum of Statics, Dynamics, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Electric Circuits and Strength of Materials. Additionally, there are lab experiences, computer instruction and design challenges integrated into a number of BSME courses.   Required upper division courses for the degree include Heat Transfer, Material Science, Dynamics of Machinery, Modeling Dynamic Systems, as well as pre-Senior Design and Senior Design. 

USI's engineering courses are taught by experienced faculty—never from graduate students. In addition, our degree programs offer unique opportunities for you to tackle real-world engineering challenges, both in and out of the classroom. The highlights include:

  • Applied Engineering Center, an innovative facility equipped with $3.3M of custom-made manufacturing and engineering equipment. 

  • Center for Applied Research and Economic Development, which facilitates real-world interactions between industry and students to solve real engineering problems.

  • Technology Commercialization Academy, a partnership with the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center (Crane Division) to bring emerging technology to market.

  • Small class sizes, in which you know your professors and they know you.

  • Co-op engineering program, where you'll combine work and study with a professional engineering firm.

  • Student competition teams in a wide variety of specializations.

To find out how USI's mechanical engineering program can send you straight into an engineering job, contact USI Admissions at 800-467-1965.

USI's engineering degree programs prepare you for management and technical positions

Mechanical engineering graduates are in high demand from industry and government organizations, with average annual pay among the highest of all degrees.  Employment as a mechanical engineer is available in fields as diverse as plastics, robotics, aerospace, automotive, health care and energy conversion.

In addition to building advanced technical skills, USI's engineering program increases your marketability by teaching highly sought workplace traits such as teamwork, writing, communication and oral presentation. You'll also have the opportunity to take business and management courses to prepare you for supervisory positions.

With USI's small class sizes, you'll get plenty of one-on-one instruction and develop strong relationships with your engineering professors.

Contact USI Admission at 800-467-1965 to learn more about USI's engineering programs.

Contact Dr. Paul Kuban


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