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Mechanical Engineers

Breadth, individuality, and flexibility are inherent characteristics of the mechanical engineering profession. Mechanical engineers, in a broad sense, make major contributions to the creation of products and systems that benefit mankind. They work in a variety of areas including bioengineering, energy systems, environmental and life-support systems, propulsion and transportation systems, food production, materials processing, automated manufacturing, and construction.

Mechanical engineers are involved at every level in production of almost everything you use including automobiles, clothing, building products, aircraft and computers.

A wide spectrum of career opportunities is open to them. The practice of mechanical engineering includes one or more of the following activities: manufacturing, testing, research, development, design, technical management, technical sales and marketing, construction and teaching.


Preparation for a 40-50 year professional career requires the development of the whole person through a balanced program encompassing the humanities, social sciences, communication and computer skills, physical and engineering sciences, design, and laboratory experience. Students start with the physical sciences and communication skills and progress through the engineering sciences, ultimately applying the principles learned in such areas as energy conversion and transfer, mechanical design, and systems analysis. Throughout the curriculum, the fundamental nature of engineering as a problem-solving discipline is emphasized.

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ME Undergraduate Brochure

View information about the Mechanical Engineering program at Clemson. Your ME degree includes hands-on research and a senior design project to prepare for the workforce or graduate school.

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Graduate Program

Most undergraduates take positions in industry, government, or business. Many continue their formal education in a graduate program. The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers study leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree. If you believe you would like to pursue an MS degree, the Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a combined BS/MS degree; typically, this program is completed in a faster timeframe than the traditional separate method.

  • Students from ME 426/626 (Nuclear Energy) at the Control Room Simulator of Oconee Nuclear Station. The students toured Oconee Nuclear Station on May 2 and also had the opportunity to meet with Duke Energy personnel.
  • Mechanical Engineering 4260

    To address the growing interest in nuclear energy and related fields by seniors in the College of Engineering & Science, the Department of Mechanical Engineering added ME 426/626 (Nuclear Energy) as a technical elective.

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