UW-Stout's Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (ME) prepares you to be involved in the design and manufacture of nearly everything from micro-scale objects to medical devices and airplanes. Mechanical engineers explore the latest technology, design innovative machines, and collaborate with other professionals in teams to transform ideas into tangible products.
UW-Stout's Mechanical Engineering program offers one of the most highly-sought engineering degrees in the region. As Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, UW-Stout continues to fill the demand for highly trained and experienced engineers.
of Graduates Are Employed or Continuing Education.
Design & Innovation-Focused Curriculum.
Explore the multifaceted world of Mechanical Engineering at UW-Stout, where logic and creativity intersect. Our curriculum covers the full spectrum of the engineering design process, integrating key subjects such as mechanics, kinematics, thermal and fluid sciences, materials science, structural analysis, and electronics. This comprehensive approach equips you with a deep understanding and hands-on skills, readying you for the dynamic challenges in mechanical engineering.
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You'll receive hands-on experiences in the research, design and manufacturing of new machines and the improvement of existing processes.
Learn Hands-on in Lab-Based Settings.
We offer a dynamic and practical polytechnic hands-on learning environment with state-of-the-art labs and facilities. You'll work closely with faculty in preparation for your required co-op or internship with an approved employer. After graduation, you'll be ready for advanced degree work that many UW-Stout engineering graduates have pursued.
A Legacy of Graduate Success.
"The professors are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We learn the critical thinking skills that will enable us to overcome any challenges we will face in our careers. The hands-on labs prepared us to deal with real problems and we will be able to apply those skills in industry."
-- Jamison Noye
B.S. Mechanical Engineering
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Differential Tuition Fee
Students enrolled in the B.S. Mechanical Engineering program will be charged a special program fee in differential tuition once the student has earned at least 30 credits and has enrolled in ENGR-292.
As a student in the Mechanical Engineering program, you must have an aptitude for science and mathematics. We encourage you to take as many upper-level math and science courses in high school as possible, including mathematics through algebra and trigonometry, plus physics and chemistry. Early development of computer skills is also very helpful.
Industry's mechanical engineering problems are not only technical in nature. They're also social and economic. As a mechanical engineer, you must, therefore, have a broad education. The first two years of your program will include English composition, communication, and other general education offerings, as well as mathematics, physics and engineering fundamentals.
As You Progress
Science and mathematics classes form the foundation for engineering science courses, and their application to analysis, synthesis and creative design. As you work through the program, the courses will emphasize fundamental tools for creating solutions to problems found in industry, including thermal & fluid sciences, structural mechanics & machine design, and controls & instrumentation. You'll receive extensive laboratory experience in those and related areas, getting hands-on learning opportunities with engines, wind tunnels, simulation software, and heating/cooling/air conditioning systems.
The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program at the University of Wisconsin–Stout is to produce graduates who:
Embrace their role as representatives of their profession and as leaders of the projects, people, and ideas that solve technical problems in a(n) ethical, economic, social, and environmental context.
Demonstrate self-reliance, accountability, autonomy, confidence, respectfulness, and a professional sense of direction while promoting engagement and collaboration within a team.
Clearly and concisely communicate ideas to technically, socially, and globally diverse audiences to build consensus and drive results.
Comfortably confront ambiguous and complex problems to create innovative solutions by leveraging standard and domain-specific skills, sharing their expertise, effectively generating ideas, and acquiring new knowledge.
Student Learning Outcomes
The mechanical engineering program at UW-Stout will prepare graduates for successful careers in mechanical engineering related professions and other career paths. The program will prepare students to sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, administrated by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Upon completing the degree program at UW-Stout, students will have attained the following outcomes as defined by the ABET-EAC accreditation requirements:
An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
Mechanical Engineering at UW-Stout produces in-demand, well-compensated graduates. Since the first graduates left the program in 2017, the program boasts a placement rate of 97% and a median starting salary of $61,000. Mechanical engineering is a broad discipline allowing graduates to work in many different roles. Examples of starting job titles include:
R&D Mechanical Engineer
Product Development Engineer
Automotive Manufacturing Program Engineer
Fire Protection Designer
Payload Systems Engineer
Building Performance & Systems Engineer
Value Analysis Productivity Engineer
Our graduates work in diverse industries ranging and help companies make medical devices, outfit buildings with heating and cooling systems, streamline their manufacturing processes and much more. Employers include: