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.