Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

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Mechanical engineering is a diverse field that encompasses researching, developing, designing, manufacturing and testing mechanical devices such as tools, engines and machines. Discover a career in nanotechnology research, academia or government handling tasks such as R&D, equipment and system design, production supervision, plant engineering, sales, testing and teaching. Your education will equip you to tackle challenges in energy storage, alternative fuels, waste management, environmental control, energy conversion, aerospace and biomedical engineering.
  • College

  • Hours Required

    128 credit hours
  • Areas of Focus

    Thermal-fluid science engineering, Systems and design engineering, Materials science engineering

The Nebraska Difference



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Be a Complete Engineer®

Unleash your potential and cultivate core competencies


Innovate. Excel. Engineer.

80% of students receive a job offer before graduation

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Program Features

Interdisciplinary Emphasis and Specializations 

Mechanical engineering offers diverse studies in energy conversion, fluid flow, solid mechanics, materials engineering and interdisciplinary areas like aerospace engineering, automotive engineering, robotics, biomedical engineering and nanotechnology. This allows you to customize your education, developing expertise aligned with your career goals. 

Hands-On Learning and Research Opportunities 

The department emphasizes hands-on experiences, providing you with opportunities to conduct experiments in well-equipped laboratories. Undergraduate students can engage in research projects, either through research grants or the Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience (UCARE) program, working alongside faculty mentors. You can participate in student organizations, gaining valuable engineering experience beyond the classroom. 

Mission to Impact Society Locally and Globally 

The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering aims to impact society through education, research and service. Graduates excel in engineering careers, pursue advanced degrees and value lifelong learning. The program fosters professionalism, leadership, integrity and ethical responsibility, inspiring students to serve humanity and advance technologies and industries. 

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Notable Courses

Thermal Systems and Design (MECH 300)

Explore control-volume analysis, combustion, thermodynamic relations, computer-aided engineering and thermal systems design through case studies, projects and data-driven approaches.

Elements of Materials Science (MATL 360)

Examine the relationship between atomic, molecular and crystal structure and the physical, mechanical and chemical properties of metals, alloys, polymers and ceramics. Investigate material properties.

Kinematics & Dynamics of Machinery (MECH 342)

Analysis and design of motion in linkage and cam mechanisms. Gear theory, ordinary and planetary gear trains, static and dynamic forces, balancing and flywheel design.

Elements of Machine Design (MECH 343)

The design of machine elements under varying loading conditions, including bolts, springs, bearings and shafts. Explore failure theories and engage in a comprehensive design project.

Aerodynamics (MECH 413)

Subsonic and supersonic airflow theory, dynamics of flight, performance parameters, rotor analysis and specialized topics. Explore the fascinating world of aerodynamics and aircraft performance.

Robotics: Kinematics and Design (MECH 453)

Discover the realm of robotics, where mechanisms, sensors, actuators and computers synergistically replicate certain aspects of human functionality with innovative applications and technologies.

Huskers Do Big Things


  • Mechanical engineering co-op, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia
  • Locomotive intern, BSNF Railway, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Manufacturing engineer intern, John Deere, Springfield, Missouri
  • Propulsion engineer intern, Textron Aviation, Wichita, Kansas
  • Mechanical engineering intern, HDR, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Robotics engineering intern, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Littleton, Colorado


  • Aerospace engineer, NASA, Houston, Texas
  • Weapon systems operation and sustainment team, The Boeing Company, Huntsville, Alabama
  • Production engineer, Kawasaki Motors, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Airframe engineer, Textron Aviation, Wichita, Kansas
  • Research & development engineer, Stark Industries, Manhattan, New York
  • Power supply engineer, Lincoln Electric System, Lincoln, Nebraska

Graduate Schools

  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan
  • Ph.D., Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University
  • Ph.D., Biomechanics, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Ph.D., Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Master's in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • MBA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Outside the Classroom

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Mechanical Engineering major or navigating the application process, contact us.

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Contact Name
Jeff Beavers
Contact Title
Director of Recruitment