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Mechanical Engineering Overview

Mechanical engineering applies the principles of engineering, physics, and materials science for the design, analysis, manufacturing and maintenance of mechanical systems. Involving the design, production, and operation of machinery, the field requires an understanding of core concepts including mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, materials science, structural analysis and electricity. Mechanical engineers use these core principles with tools like computer-aided design (CAD) software to design and analyze manufacturing plants, industrial equipment and machinery, cars, aircraft, robotics, weapons, medical devices, and much more.

UCF’s program prepares students to apply principles of engineering, basic science and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations) to model, analyze, design and realize physical systems, components or processes; and to work professionally in either thermal or mechanical systems while requiring topics in each area.

Course Requirements

For complete information on the degree program, see the UCF Undergraduate Catalog.