What is Mechanical Engineering?
WHAT DO MECHANICAL ENGINEERS DO?
Mechanical engineers plan, develop and operate the technological aspects of equipment and processes. They serve such diverse areas as the medical industry, energy, mechanical systems, robotics, automation, environment, transportation, heating and cooling systems, bioengineering, manufacturing systems and electronics.
IS MECHANICAL ENGINEERING RIGHT FOR YOU?
You may wish to consider becoming a mechanical engineer if you are interested in the following:
- The use and economical conversion of energy from natural sources—falling water, coal, oil, gas, nuclear fuels, solar radiation, wind and thermal springs—into other forms to provide power, heat, light, cooling and transportation.
- The design and production of labor-saving machines, including devices for the consumer market as well as equipment for the manufacture of a wide range of products.
- The creative planning, development and operation of mechanical systems for efficiently using energy, machines and resources.
- The processing of materials into useful products.
The UW-Platteville Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. The curriculum provides a balance between engineering science and engineering design, complemented with a strong liberal arts education. The main purpose of the curriculum is to develop in each student a thorough understanding of fundamental theory, augmented and illustrated by practical application.
UW-PLATTEVILLE’S AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Students can select an area of specialization by choosing courses from five areas of interest:
- Mechanical Design
- Thermal Fluid Design