Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering Program

The mechanical engineering program at UW-Platteville began in 1975 as an undergraduate program focused on preparing graduates to contribute as engineers in industry. The B.S.M.E. Degree Program was initially accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology after the 1986 visit. Accreditation of the program has been confirmed during each ABET review since that time.

Why Choose Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical engineers design, develop, build and test everything from small individual parts and devices, like microscale sensors and inkjet printer nozzles, to large systems like spacecraft and machine tools, and everything in between, like bio-medical devices and more. Problem solvers with good math skills, mechanical engineers capitalize on their strength in logical thinking.

Our mechanical engineering curriculum places an emphasis on the practical aspects of theory while demonstrating a commitment to teamwork and communication skills. The modern labs feature digital data acquisition and processing, providing you with valuable hands-on experience, and an excellent student-to-faculty ratio assures you of dedicated interaction.

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 like aerospace, automation, automotive, computer, construction, medical, and more. 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 one of the most popular majors on campus.  As the need for engineers in Wisconsin continues to grow, UW-Platteville aims to meet the demand from industry.  The following table shows the number of students obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree (BSME) from UW-Platteville for the past several years.

Number of BSME Degrees Conferred
Academic Year # of degrees
2011-2012 118
2012-2013 131
2013-2014 140
2014-2015 138
2015-2016 160
2016-2017 195


A Unique Program

University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus

  • Hands-on activities and projects.
  • State-of-the-art research lab facilities featuring digital data acquisition and processing.
  • Graduates are prepared for successful careers in manufacturing, development, design, research, sales, field engineering, and management.


Mark CopsMark Cops, an alumnus of mechanical engineering at UW-Platteville, participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. "The goal of the project is to harvest energy from noise in hydraulic systems," Copy said. "Energy suitable for low power applications such as self-sufficient wireless sensors." READ MORE


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