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Mechanical Engineering

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What is Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical Engineering is among the most diverse of the engineering fields, applying mathematical, scientific, and engineering principles to study forces acting on bodies of solid or fluid material and the resulting dynamic motion of those bodies. These principles are used to design and control machines and systems that create motion, apply loads, transport matter and energy, and convert one form of energy to another. If you’re interested in how the world around you moves and changes, this major may be for you.

Career Options

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive work
  • Computer software & electronics
  • Defense & security
  • Environment
  • Health & biological work
  • Manufacturing, energy, & transportation
  • Research & development

Post-Graduation Success1

92% employed or continuing education

74% employed after graduation

18% attending graduate school

$65,473 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Boeing, Caterpillar, Ford Motor Company

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

31 - 34 ACT Score

1420 - 1520 SAT Score

3.61 - 3.94 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,040
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,008
  • Total: $36,016

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $33,610
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,348
  • Total: $52,926

International

  • Tuition: $38,828
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,348
  • Total: $58,144
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