School of Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Program Details

  • Campus Availability: Quad Cities
  • Students can choose from three emphases: Design Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Robotics Engineering
  • Ample opportunities for practical, hands-on, educational engineering experiences through Western’s links to businesses, manufacturers, industry and the Quad City Manufacturing Lab
  • Students can start paid internships as early as their sophomore year if enrolled in the engineering program, have the opportunity to “earn while they learn” and, at the same time, gain invaluable practical experience
  • The senior capstone design projects typically are completed with industry, often at their facility, and many times result in an offer of employment before graduation

Please refer to the undergraduate catalog for detailed program information and course requirements


Employment of mechanical engineers is projected to grow nine percent from 2016 to 2026. The 2017 Median Pay is $85,880. Learn more from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Design Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Sales Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Engineering Manager
  • Production Engineer
  • Quality Engineer
  • Mechatronics Engineer
  • Robotics Programmer
  • Senior Engineering Analyst
  • Test Engineer


Mechanical Engineering is the broadest field of engineering and the efforts of mechanical engineers affect every aspect of our lives: the clothes we wear, vehicles we ride in, materials we build with, and devices, tools and machines that make our lives safe, pleasant and productive.

  • Automotive Systems
  • Combustion
  • Robotics
  • Propulsion
  • Automation
  • Dynamic Systems
  • Energy Systems
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Manufacturing
  • Production
  • Materials Behavior/Processing
  • Bioengineering
  • Microscale/Nanoscale Systems
  • Machinery