Undergraduate program

The undergraduate program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering prepares students for their individual career paths and fosters the ability to adapt to the rapidly changing technologies faced by today's engineers.

The program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. 

Fundamentals with flexibility

Students will complete the departmental major requirements and the College of Engineering general education requirements.

In addition to our demanding course curriculum, our department offers several optional programs for undergraduates seeking specialization and further experience throughout their studies such as College of Engineering minors.

For the ambitious student, we offer an integrated master's/bachelor's degree program.


Design expo team

Source: Department of Mechanical Engineering

Students work in teams to tackle real-world problems, demonstrating their final projects during the Senior Design Expo each semester.

Professional educational objectives

According to ABET, which evaluates applied science, computing, engineering, and technology programs for accreditation, “program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation.”

The core objective of our undergraduate program is to provide our students with an education that enables them to be productive, impactful, and fulfilled professionals throughout their careers. In light of this vision, the objectives of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon are to produce graduates who:

  • distinguish themselves as effective problem solvers by applying fundamentals of mechanical engineering
  • are innovative and resourceful in their professional activities
  • excel in multidisciplinary team settings
  • become leaders in their organizations, their profession, and in society
  • conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner in the workplace
  • excel in diverse career paths within and beyond the engineering profession, including in industry and academia.
Student laser cut Scotty dogs in Machine Shop.

Source: Department of Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduates learn both subtractive and additive manufacturing technology. These students used laser cutters to create miniature Scotty dogs (Carnegie Mellon University's mascot) in the Machine Shop.

Educational outcomes

The undergraduate curriculum in the Department of Mechanical Engineering offers students significant opportunities to pursue directions of personal interest, including minors, double majors, participation in research projects, and study abroad. Design and teamwork experiences occur at regular intervals in the curriculum and graduates have significant hands-on experience through laboratories and projects.

The faculty of the department has endorsed the following set of skills, or outcomes, that graduates of the program are expected to have gained:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints, such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
degree requirements

Source: Department of Mechanical Engineering

Degree requirements and prerequisites

Chart of undergraduate enrollment statistics from 2010 to 2018

Source: Department of Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduate enrollment and degrees earned per year.

More info

View Carnegie Mellon's official undergraduate catalog.

Experience the student making and fabrication facilities in the new Tech Spark. 

Review 2018 employment and salary statistics.