Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science

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In the Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science Department, our faculty are experts in precision engineering, motorsports engineering, bioengineering, metrology, computational methods, mechanics and materials. Our programs are nationally recognized, preparing students to succeed in any discipline of mechanical engineering they choose.

Our plan of study is driven by our design sequence, which starts in the freshman year with the hands-on team projects of Introduction to Engineering. In their second year, students begin using the machine shop as they build air-powered engines. As juniors, they focus on electromechanical systems, and begin using rapid prototyping technology to build robots in their junior design class. The culmination of the design sequence is senior design, in which students take on a variety of more complex design/build projects, including multidisciplinary projects sponsored by the college’s industrial partners.

The Profession

If it moves, it’s mechanical. And if it’s mechanical, our faculty, students and graduates are involved with it. Mechanical engineering industries include motorsports, bioengineering, manufacturing, aerospace, power generation, automotive and computing. The career paths for mechanical engineers lead in many directions including design, construction, research, education and management. The national average starting salary for mechanical engineering bachelor’s degree graduates is $56,000 a year.

Charlotte, North Carolina

As one of the fastest-growing urban centers in the Southeast, Charlotte, North Carolina, is quickly emerging as a national leader in areas such as manufacturing, high technology, motorsports and finance. UNC Charlotte and the Lee College of Engineering are meeting the booming educational demands of the area by providing top programs in engineering education and research.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.) - with concentrations in Motorsports or Energy Engineering
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (M.S.M.E.)
Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.)
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D.)