MAJOR: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
major photo
As a mechanical engineer, you might develop a bike lock or an aircraft carrier, a child's toy or a hybrid car engine, a wheelchair or a sailboat - or anything that involves a mechanical process. Mechanical engineers are often referred to as the general practitioners of the engineering profession, since they work in nearly every area of technology, from aerospace and automotive to computers and biotechnology.

Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin who wish to change to an engineering major need to apply for an internal transfer. Find out more about the internal transfer process on the Cockrell School of Engineering's Policies and Procedures Web page.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

For more information on required courses, read the Mechanical Engineering undergraduate curriculum overview.

Specializations

Mechanical Engineering offers seven career gateways:

  • Biomechanical Engineering
  • Dynamics and Control
  • Manufacturing and Design
  • Materials Engineering
  • Nuclear and Radiation Engineering
  • Operations Research &Industrial Engineering
  • Thermal/Fluids Systems Engineering

Personality

Engineers are creative problem solvers who are essential to our health, happiness and safety. Engineering students celebrate discovery, design, creativity, imagination, innovation and contribution to the world we live in. No profession unleashes the spirit of innovation like engineering. From research to real-world applications, engineers constantly discover how to improve our lives by creating bold new solutions that connect science to life in unexpected, forward-thinking ways. Few professions turn so many ideas into so many realities. Few have such a direct and positive effect on people's everyday lives. We are counting on engineers and their imaginations to help us meet the needs of the 21st century.

Learn about the Cockrell School of Engineering Mechanical Engineering Student Organizations.

Skills

Engineering students will acquire creative problem solving skills and the ability to design and lead in a variety of situations and environments. Based on "The Engineer of 2020" by the National Academy of Engineering, the Cockrell School of Engineering strives to graduate students who:

  • Possess strong analytical skills
  • Exhibit practical ingenuity - skill in planning, combing and adapting
  • Exhibit creativity - invention, innovation, thinking outside of the box
  • Exhibit good communication skills
  • Master the principles of business and management
  • Understand and practice the principles of leadership
  • Possess a framework upon which high ethical standards and a strong sense of professionalism can be developed
  • Exhibit dynamism, agility, resilience, and flexibility
  • Embrace being a lifelong learner