Bachelor's Degree Program
Engage in cutting-edge research and engineering design projects in this hands-on, ABET-accredited mechanical engineering program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
With a special focus on cold-climate engineering, our program offers unique opportunities to apply do-it-yourself ingenuity and gain specialized training for jobs in Alaska (the top paying state in the nation for mechanical engineers). You can also specialize your mechanical engineering degree in areas such as aerospace or petroleum engineering.
The mechanical engineering program is noted for small class sizes, close mentorship by faculty and a very high pass rate for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam. Our mechanical engineering bachelor’s degree graduates are actively recruited by engineering firms and governmental agencies in Alaska and around the world.
What Is Mechanical Engineering?
Mechanical engineering is the study of objects and systems in motion, from the smallest devices to the largest and most complex machines. It’s one of the broadest of all the engineering fields, encompassing disciplines such as mechanics, thermodynamics, materials science and structural analysis. Mechanical engineering is widely used in industries such as manufacturing, aerospace, biotechnology, electronics, mining, information technology and robotics and automation.
What do mechanical engineers do?
Mechanical engineers use their creativity, knowledge and problem-solving skills to turn ideas into reality. They design, develop, build and test all types of machines, from engines and HVAC systems to elevators and escalators. They also work on solutions to environmental problems and are involved in the control and automation of manufacturing systems. Job descriptions and work environments can vary greatly by industry. While some mechanical engineers spend most of their time in the field testing and implementing systems, others work from behind a desk using computers to design and create their work.
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Why Study Mechanical Engineering at UAF?
Mechanical engineering majors at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have opportunities for hands-on learning and research unlike anywhere else in the world. Here are some of the benefits of choosing UAF for your degree in mechanical engineering.
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What Can You Do With a Mechanical Engineering Degree?
Our mechanical engineering degree graduates enjoy a very high job employment rate (about 95%). Most graduates go to work in Alaska, in either the energy field or resource development. Others find careers in the Pacific Northwest and internationally.
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The mechanical engineering degree includes studies in thermodynamics, computer aided design (CAD), finite element analysis (FEA), nanotechnology, statics, dynamics, mathematics, fluid mechanics and the environment. The curriculum provides the necessary tools for a career as a professional mechanical engineer, an engineering consultant, or for a career in advanced studies and research.
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