Mechanical engineering is the application of the principles of physics in the analysis, design, manufacturing and maintenance of mechanical systems. It is one of the broadest engineering disciplines and has one of the longest histories. In mechanical engineering, students will develop a solid understanding of core concepts including mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics and energy. Those concepts will be used to design and analyze motor vehicles, aircraft, heating and cooling systems, watercraft, manufacturing plants, industrial equipment and machinery, robotics, medical devices, alternative energy solutions and more.
Research and Education Programs
Center for Energy and Environmental Resources (CEER)
The Center for Energy and Environmental Resources serves as the central liaison for energy and environmental research and public service at The University of Texas at Austin. It focuses on efficient and economical use of energy and on ensuring a cleaner environment by developing, in cooperation with industry, processes and technologies that minimize waste and conserve natural resources.
Undergraduate Degree Plans and Requirements
Fitting all of the required courses into four years can be challenging. Use a degree plan that's specific to your major to help map your courses and be successful.
At a Glance
- 10 U.S. News & World Report ranking of ME's undergraduate program.
- 11 U.S. News & World Report ranking of ME's graduate program.
- $66k The average starting salary for a mechanical engineer is $66,615.