Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering Overview

Mechanical engineers are recruited in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, power generation, environmental, electronics, bioengineering, food processing, and consulting firms, among many others. Because of the variety of fields that are relevant to this profession, the undergraduate program covers areas in dynamics, materials, thermal/fluids, vibrations, controls, computer aided engineering, design and manufacturing. The innovative curriculum at UC Merced provides hands-on education that exposes students to engineering fundamentals, laboratory work and the use of computational tools to solve realistic engineering problems.  The program also prepares students to pursue graduate work in engineering or other disciplines. Mechanical Engineering is an evolving discipline that adapts to the current needs of society. Some of the exciting current areas of research include advanced energy systems, sustainable energy, autonomous vehicles, biomechanics and biosensors, nano/micro-technology, computational modeling, design optimization and complex systems.

Areas of Research in Mechanical Engineering         Careers 

  • Advanced energy systems, sustainable energy
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Biomechanics and biosensors

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Mechanical Engineering Learning Outcomes


Upon graduation, our graduates demonstrate:

  1. Ability to apply knowledge of informatics, mathematics, science, and engineering;
  2. Ability to design and conduct experiments and numerical simulations, analyze, and interpret general scientific and engineering information;
  3. Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs;
  4. Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  5. Working knowledge of the principles of Mechanics and Themodynamics and how these principles evolve into other disciplines such as Heat and Mass Transfer, Vibration and Control, Computational;
  6. Ability to incorporate interdisciplinary concepts from mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry and other disciplines into engineering solutions and vice-versa.


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