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Program at a Glance

Program
Bachelor
College(s)
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Department(s)
Mechanical & Aerospace Engr
4
Years
$212.28 per credit hour
$748.89 per credit hour

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Explore the Intersection of Math, Science and Engineering

The B.S. in Mechanical Engineering program helps you gain an understanding of core concepts such as mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, materials science, structural analysis and electricity. You’ll pair these core principles with tools like computer-aided design software to design and analyze manufacturing plants, industrial equipment and machinery, cars, aircraft, robotics, medical devices and much more.

The mechanical engineering department boasts esteemed international faculty and a dedicated staff who ensure that you gain the skills needed to achieve your personal and professional goals. Throughout your coursework, you’ll get hands-on experience in applying the principles of engineering, science and mathematics to model, analyze, design and realize physical systems, components and processes. Plus, be sure to take advantage of the professional networking and internship opportunities with the university’s partners — many of whom are industry leaders across Florida.

Upon graduating with your mechanical engineering degree, you can pursue advanced studies or prepare to go directly into the industry. With top engineering companies around Central Florida, many graduates choose to stay around the area.

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Highlights

UCF ranked as No. 81 for Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs by U.S. News & World Report.
Currently, there are more than 650,000 mechanical engineers across the U.S. — a number expected to continue rising over the next decade.
Mechanical engineering graduates earn an annual average salary of $94K nationwide.

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

Fall
May 1
Spring
November 1
Summer
March 1
Fall
July 1
Spring
November 1
Summer
March 1
Fall
March 1
Spring
September 1
Summer
January 1

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Course Overview

Thermodynamics

Work, heat and energy transformations. Relation of properties. Laws, concepts and modes of analysis common to all applications of thermodynamics in engineering.

Explore computer-aided modeling of mechanical and aerospace systems. This entails solution methods, curve fitting, and numerical calculus and solution of differential equations with applications to mechanical and aerospace engineering.

Application of the design process in the team solution of a state-of-the-art problem. Aerospace, mechanical, thermo-fluid or material problems are considered. Continuation of the design process in the team building and testing of a prototype. A test plan and a test report are completed.

Mechanical Engineering Skills You'll Learn

  • Utilize best practices in engineering to design, build and test various devices.
  • Recognize problems and adjust the design as needed to develop effective and efficient solutions.
  • Convey ideas to various teams — explaining complex machines and devices that they may not be familiar with.
  • Oversee the project manufacturing process and analyze the results to ensure expectations are met.

Career Opportunities

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Combustion Engineer
  • Aircraft Engineer
  • Engine Designer
  • Quality Engineer
  • Thermal Engineer

College of Engineering and Computer Science News

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5 UCF Scholars to be Inducted into Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida
The organization’s members are top scholars and researchers from universities, public agencies, and industries statewide who are committed to addressing key issues and challenges impacting…
Colleges & Campus
Elite Students Coming to UCF for North America Collegiate Programming Contest
UCF will host and compete against 49 other top student programming teams — including Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Caltech, UCBerkeley and Georgia Tech.
Research
Aerodynamics of Perching Birds Could Inform Aircraft Design
A team of UCF researchers have investigated the mystery behind different bird perching maneuvers to better understand the aerodynamic forces of landing an aircraft.
Business & Economy
Limbitless Solutions Recognized as One of Florida’s Best Manufacturing Companies
The UCF-based company is being honored with a Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Award for its model operations.

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