About Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test everything from small individual parts and devices, such as micro-scale sensors and inkjet printer nozzles, to large systems, such as spacecraft and machine tools, and everything in between.

Our mechanical engineering program, accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, places emphasis on the practical aspects of theory while demonstrating a commitment to building students’ teamwork and communication skills. The modern labs feature digital data acquisition and processing, providing students with valuable hands-on experience, and the excellent student-to-faculty ratio assures dedicated, quality interaction with the program’s faculty and advisors.

At UW-Platteville, mechanical engineering graduates find that their versatility, structured problem-solving skills, imagination, and persistence make them among the most sought-after employees in industries that include aerospace, automation, automotive, computer, and construction, as well as the medical field. Additionally, a degree in mechanical engineering provides an excellent background for those seeking advanced degrees in biomedical engineering, aerospace engineering, and business administration.

Mechanical engineering is the most popular major on campus. As the need for engineers in Wisconsin, the Tri-State area and nation continues to grow, UW-Platteville aims to meet the demand from industry. Our program graduates are prepared for successful careers in manufacturing, development, design, research, sales, field engineering, and management.

Learn more about the program’s required courses, and check out the Mechanical Engineering program flowchart.

Program Emphasis

Biomedical engineering is a broad field that combines engineering and science and applies them to the human body in order to improve the lives and health of all people. The biomedical emphasis in mechanical engineering at UW-Platteville builds on our university’s strengths in mechanical and electrical systems, anatomy and physiology, and hands-on experiences to give students skills in medical device development, so that they are ready to dive into a career in the medical device industry.

  • Only seven more credits than the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Research opportunities with faculty
  • Skills to succeed in biomedical industry as well as all others because of the base in Mechanical Engineering
  • Senior design projects with biomedical companies