Why study mechanical engineering at WVU Tech?
Our program offers an excellent balance of analytical and applied coursework with an emphasis on practice-oriented lab experience. Design and laboratory experience are integrated throughout the program of study. Labs are equipped with traditional and modern computer-linked test equipment that prepare our graduates to effectively face the challenges of contemporary industry.
Students that do well in math and physics tend to enjoy this program.
How is our program different from similar programs at other universities?
The program requires 134 semester hours of rigorous academic work for graduation. Students take a series of sequential courses in several areas and develop skills necessary to be successful mechanical engineers. The department also provides a path for a 2+2 aerospace engineering degree from WVU that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. Under this arrangement, a student interested in a BSAE degree from WVU, can start as a freshman at WVU Tech in mechanical engineering and complete the appropriate courses in four semesters before moving on to WVU.
Are there co-op opportunities, internships or other experiential learning?
Hands-on experience comes in the form of the co-op program, internships and on-campus work study jobs. Students may start in their sophomore year to work and attend school alternating semesters for a maximum of five semesters of co-op or three semesters of internship under the guidance of a full-time program coordinator.
The program also includes a mandatory, senior level, two-semester long design project (ME Systems Design I & II) in which students investigate current topics and build and/or write research reports on their work, some of which have been published in national technical journals.
What opportunities are available for graduates?
A degree in mechanical engineering prepares students for a variety of positions in industry, government and education. Recent graduates have pursued careers in large and small, national and international companies and the positions include: plant engineer, field engineer and design engineer. Graduates have also successfully completed graduate degrees.