Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

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 program, accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, 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 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. The number of students enrolled in, and earning BS degrees Mechanical Engineering degrees from UW-Platteville for the past several years are listed here.

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.


Jacob Helgerson

Senior Jacob Helgerson is passionate about the thorniest issues in mechanical engineering: we caught up with him to talk about project management, his recent co-op with Trane, and how he approaches big problems. READ MORE