Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering is a broad curriculum which offers a wide choice of careers. Mechanical Engineers deal with the production, control and utilization of energy and motion in systems to benefit society.

Career paths include aerospace, power, HVAC, bioengineering, manufacturing, management, and a host of others.

A unique feature of the mechanical engineering curriculum is the capstone design course through VMI's Cooperative Engineering Center. Cadet teams work on real-world design projects supplied by local industries who are members of the Cooperative Engineering Center with an industry engineer and faculty member as advisors. Cadets write a formal design report and give an oral report to supporting industry.

Cadets may earn a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, a concentration in Aerospace Engineering, and a concentration in Nuclear Engineering.

Degrees and Programs

Major(s): Mechanical Engineering

Degree(s): Bachelor of Science (B.S.)



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Mechanical Engineering is the second oldest of the engineering professions and has the second largest enrollment of students in the United States.  Mechanical engineering is a broad field which includes many areas of study such as refrigeration, air conditioning, energy conversion, nuclear engineering, biomedical engineering, transportation equipment engineering and industrial engineering. Mechanical engineers are employed in the design, operations, sales, energy conservation, research, and management. 

Mechanical Engineering in the News

Find out more about the department's cadets and faculty in recent VMI news.

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Cadets in Technical Writing and Statics Courses Collaborate on Design for Humanity Projects

Through ongoing interviews and discussions, cadets in ERH 314 learned about and translated mechanical designs developed by the mechanical engineering cadets for open-source reports accessible to engineering departments at other colleges and universities.

VMI study abroad cadets pose at the Colosseum in Rome

Engineering in Rome, Italy

One of the primary goals of this program is to give engineering cadets, who don’t often get the chance to study abroad due to their pre-requisite driven curriculum, the opportunity to develop cultural competency skills and learn to live and work in a multi-cultural, multi-national society.