Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)

ABOUT

Have you ever wondered why it gets easier to balance a bicycle the faster you are traveling? Or why there are dimples on a golf ball? Or whether harvesting wind energy changes the environmental balance? If the answer is 'yes,' then perhaps you should consider majoring in mechanical engineering. Here, your curiosity and inventiveness will soar as you learn to look deeper into the behavior, design and production of things we use every day. With a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Clemson, you will be able to apply engineering analysis and design to matters that affect our everyday lives such as manufacturing; energy conversion and conservation; machines; materials; health; and vehicles for air, sea and land transportation. Because science and technology are ever changing, our program focuses on fundamental principles as well as modern tools. You will develop a foundation on which to embark on a path of lifelong learning as you practice mechanical engineering; earn advanced degrees; or go on to practice law, business or medicine.

FAST FACTS

  • The demand for mechanical engineers is very high, and interest in our program reflects that trend.
  • Our faculty members are internationally recognized in education and research.
  • More than 70 percent of our students have participated in a co-op and/or internship, according to our latest senior exit survey.
  • Our faculty have degrees from top institutions worldwide, significant experience in industry or national labs, and many are fellows in professional engineering societies.
  • With our B.S./M.S. program, you can earn up to a semester’s credit toward a graduate degree while simultaneously satisfying requirements for your undergraduate degree.
  • All students planning to choose a degree in an engineering discipline will apply to Clemson as a general engineering major.

WHAT YOU'LL STUDY

Freshmen who major in engineering at Clemson are initially admitted into our general engineering program, where you will learn math and science fundamentals, problem solving methods and modern analytical tools, all of which are common to all engineering disciplines. During freshman year, you will make a decision as to which discipline you will enter. Mechanical engineering has a minimum GPR requirement for admission.

Studying mechanical engineering prepares you in the basic sciences and math, thermal and fluid science, and mechanical systems. As classes progress, you will develop your analytical, design and experimental abilities, which will prepare you for the challenges and questions you will face in your career. Seniors choose from our technical electives classes, providing chances to focus on your interests or obtain a broader view of many mechanical engineering topics. Seniors also collaborate with classmates to solve a real-world problem supplied by an industry partner.

Research in our department encompasses experimental, analytical and computational work in the following areas:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Bioengineering and Biomaterials
  • Design
  • Dynamics and Controls
  • Energy Systems
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Materials and Materials Processing
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer and Combustion
  • Transportation Vehicles and Systems

Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Program: Get a jump-start on your Master of Science in mechanical engineering while completing your bachelor’s. In our combined-degree program you can apply up to 12 credit hours toward your graduate degree while simultaneously satisfying your technical elective requirements for your undergraduate degree.

Popular Minors

  • Business Administration
  • Mathematical Sciences

EXPERIENCES BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

Our students are active outside the classroom through student organizations, Creative Inquiry group and independent research projects, community and University service, and study abroad opportunities.

Engineering is an international profession with more and more companies expanding worldwide. We recognize this and offer various international opportunities ranging from summers abroad to a full-term exchange programs.
Clemson's Pi Tau Sigma chapter of the mechanical engineering honor society 
fosters high ideals in the profession. Members stimulate and support departmental activities, promote professional welfare and develop leadership and citizenship.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers works to advance heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.
The Society of Automotive Engineers is an international organization created to share knowledge between students and engineers. Clemson’s student chapter is dedicated to promoting the advancement of designing and building of automotive vehicles.
The Clemson Student Chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers is a volunteer organization executed by undergraduate and graduate mechanical engineering students.
Clemson’s Society of Manufacturing Engineers chapter is devoted to engaging students interested in or associated with the manufacturing field. The chapter brings in speakers, organizes plant tours and offers networking events for students.
Many of our students choose to do co-op where they spend several semesters and one summer alternating between working in industry and taking classes on campus.

CONNECT WITH OTHER STUDENTS

AFTER GRADUATION

Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students.

WHERE OUR RECENT GRADUATES HAVE GONE

KEY
  • 41-100%
  • 21-40%
  • 11-20%
  • 0-10%

RECENT EMPLOYERS

  • Design Release Engineer

    Proterra
  • Associate Design Engineer

    Fluor Corp.
  • Commercial Leadership Program Member

    GE
  • Engineer

    Honda R&D Americas
  • Product Review Engineer

    The Boeing Company
  • Heat Transfer Engineer

    ExxonMobil
  • Product Development Engineer

    3M

RECENT POSTGRADUATE STUDIES

  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering

    University of Pennsylvania
  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering

    Purdue University
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering

    Northwestern University
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering

    Clemson University
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering

    University of Utah

COMMON CAREER AREAS

  • Mechanical Power Generation
    • Internal Combustion Engines
    • Jet Engines
    • Steam Power Plants
    • Rockets
    • Energy Utilization and Conservation
  • Thermal/Fluids
    • Thermodynamics
    • Environmental Control
    • Refrigeration
    • Instrumentation and Control
  • Machine Sciences
    • Mechanical Design
    • Manufacturing and Production
    • Robotics
    • Operation and Maintenance
  • Production
    • Sales and Marketing
      • Management
        • Consulting
          • Research and Development
            • Teaching
              • Law

              Used with permission from the University of Tennessee.

              FIND OUT MORE

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              Christopher Porter

              CES Undergraduate Recruitment Director
              864-656-7870
              cporter@clemson.edu