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Mechanical Engineering


What is Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical engineers design tools and machines that have widespread applications in almost every engineered product. Mechanical engineers are essential to manufacturing, oil and gas, aerospace, defense, civil infrastructure, health care and consumer products industries. The OU mechanical engineering program provides students with the opportunity to acquire hands-on experience in a wide range of objectives, making them strong competitors in today’s job market.

Do my interests fit?

Mechanical engineering students typically have interests in:

  • Math
  • Problem-solving
  • Inventing
  • Computer-aided design
  • Automotive engineering
  • Creativity
  • Mechanical skills

High school preparation should include math and physical sciences. 

How can OU Mechanical Engineering help me?

OU mechanical engineering students develop skills through experiential learning by practicing what is learned in the classroom through real world experiences. Students are tutored and mentored by upper-classmen with opportunities to expand horizons through study abroad. With accomplished faculty and expert guest speakers, students are empowered through professional development and receive competitive advantages in pursuing future careers.

How can I get involved?

There are numerous clubs industrial and systems engineering students can be a part of. Check them out:

Alpha Sigma Kappa - Women in Technical Studies
Dean’s Leadership Council (D.L.C.)
Engineers’ Club
E-1 Club
Helping Engineers Learn Processes and Programs (H.E.L.P.P.)
Society of American Military Engineers (S.A.M.E.)
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (S.M.E.)
Tau Beta Pi

Triangle Fraternity
Sooner Engineering Entrepreneurs Club (S.E.E.C.)
American Indian Science & Engineering Society (A.I.S.E.S.)
National Society of Black Engineers
Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers (S.A.S.E)
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (S.H.P.E.)
Society of Women Engineers (S.W.E.)

Mechanical engineering specific organizations:

American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Pi Tau Sigma

For more information on student organizations, click here.

What courses will I take?

Mechanical engineering courses include:

  • Thermodynamics
  • Engineering Computing
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Materials, Design & Manufacturing Processes
  • Solid/Fluid Mechanics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Principles of Energy Design
  • Design of Mechanical Components
  • Interactive Engineering Design Graphics

What kind of career could I pursue?

Mechanical engineer
Field engineer
Design engineer
Production engineer
Operations engineer
Sales engineer
Materials engineer

How much will I make?

Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website to explore the median pay for jobs you can pursue with this degree. 

Program Accreditation

The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. A mechanical engineering student graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree. An accelerated Bachelor of Science/Master of Science five-year program in Mechanical Engineering is also available.


School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Phone: (405) 325-5011