Mechanical Engineering

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Developing a professional mindset and technical acuity from day one

From your first day as a student in the Mechanical Engineering program, you'll start developing a professional mindset and learn how to apply theoretical concepts learned in class and laboratories to solve real-world engineering applications. You'll design products and processes with ground-breaking projects that utilize state-of-the-art resources and software such as advanced CAD software and rapid prototyping your freshman year.

An industry-responsive curriculum

Our Mechanical Engineering program will prepare you to draw on technical knowledge and insight to use materials, mechanics, controls, structures and manufacturing processes for a wide-range of systems: vehicles, consumer products, climate control systems, power generation, aircraft and production systems. You will participate in projects and develop engineered solutions to problems that organizations have experienced and engage in a curriculum that aligns with industry needs.

As a mechanical engineer, you’ll work on projects and manage efforts that involve engines, vehicle bodies, electric generators, cranes, air conditioners, airplane wings, pumps and robots, to name just a few.

Up to $26/hour for Engineering and Computer Science Coop positions
11:1 student to teacher ratio
5 year bachelor masters programs

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    Undergraduate Programs

    Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (BME)

    Five-Year Bachelor-Master Program in Mechanical Engineering (BME-MME)

    Advantages of the 5-year program:

    Ability to take some graduate courses at the undergraduate tuition rate as some courses during your senior year count toward both undergraduate and graduate requirements and some of your undergraduate financial aid is extended through your year of graduate study.

    A full-time student can typically complete the master's degree within eight months of the bachelor's degree. For other students in master’s program, it may take more than a year to complete.


    Graduate Programs

    Mechanical Engineering (MME)

    The Master of Mechanical Engineering may be completed through a thesis or non-thesis plan.

    For the working professional, all our classes take place in the late afternoon and evening. Many of our full-time graduate students obtain paid internships in local industry for one or two terms during their course of study.

    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with a major in Mechanical Engineering 

Professional co-op experience

When you study Mechanical Engineering at Detroit Mercy, you'll receive an exceptional education rooted in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions. This includes outstanding professional cooperative education assignments at Fortune 500 companies. By the time you graduate, you'll be career-ready, thanks to your mandatory co-op placements.

"As a co-op student with Continental for three years, I gained a wide variety of valuable experience and was fortunate enough to be one of the first co-op students to be sent on an international assignment at the firm’s facility in Berlin. It was a huge benefit to me, working in a foreign language and problem-solving with multi-national teams."

—Zachary Bolton '07

Hands-On Lab Experience

While in class, you'll engage in extensive, hands-on laboratory experiences. Our latest laboratory, Center for Automotive Systems Engineering Education, is outfitted with state-of-the-art technologies and equipment. You'll work with resources that industry currently uses, including dynamometers, vehicle breadboards and Laser Doppler Velocimeter for measurement of fluid velocities.

All classes and labs are taught by professors

Our small class sizes help you form close-knit relationships with classmates and professors. This personalized attention from leaders in the mechanical engineering fields allows you to take advantage of opportunities normally reserved for larger schools but in a setting focused on ensuring your success. Most importantly, Detroit Mercy professors are dedicated to your learning and teach every single class and lab. And you’ll have plenty of one-on-one time with them during office hour meetings.

Real-world projects that impact our community

By developing products for clients from their freshman to senior year, our Engineering students are prepared for careers in innovative fields and serves as the foundation of the University’s Jesuit and Mercy traditions. Check out examples of our assistive technology projects.

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