Mechanical Engineering degree at Montana Tech

Mechanical Engineering

Develop the fundamental concepts to better the human condition and solve problems across society through the ABET-accredited mechanical engineering bachelor’s degree at Montana Tech. Through classes and hands-on labs, you’ll prepare for in-demand, high-paying careers in aerospace, manufacturing, semiconductor, HVAC, petroleum, and mining fields.

You’ll learn from Montana Tech faculty who on average have more than a decade each of real-world mechanical engineering experience. They maintain close ties to industry and engage in research that makes the world better. These dedicated scholars also care about your professional and personal development and will go above and beyond to help you succeed.

World-Class Labs and Equipment

You’ll have access to state-of-the-art research facilities on campus with interdisciplinary collaborations across the engineering and sciences. The Montana Tech Nanotechnology Laboratory (MTNL), for example, houses a world-class cleanroom facility with niche fabrication and characterization equipment for the creation and study of devices and materials enabled through nanotechnology. You’ll work on groundbreaking research alongside your professors. Mechanical Engineering faculty also play a key role in Montana Tech’s Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP), which plays a key research and education role in Montana and across the nation.

Mechanical Engineering Internships

Obtain even more hands-on experience through mechanical engineering internships. Each year, through Career Services events, you’ll have access to more than 100 companies that come to campus to recruit Montana Tech students for mechanical engineering summer internships for continuing students and full time employment for our graduates.

Exceptional Location

By choosing Montana Tech for your mechanical engineering degree, you’ll benefit from our location in Butte, Montana. You can and tour local engineering operations and pursue internships in Butte as well as in nearby cities such as Bozeman and Missoula. You’ll also have innumerable opportunities to enjoy Montana’s great outdoors.

What is Mechanical Engineering?

The field of mechanical engineering is concerned with the design, fabrication, and use of machines—everything from small devices to spacecraft. Mechanical engineers solve modern and emerging problems by applying math, science, and physics. They hold a broad knowledge across the sciences and engineering and go on to specialize throughout their careers.

Why Study Mechanical Engineering at Montana Tech?

Montana Tech boasts a 88.24% career outcome rate for the mechanical engineering degree. You can focus your mechanical engineering degree on one of four areas: control systems, nanotechnology, mechanical design, and welding.

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Study mechanical engineering and have fun too

Develop in areas outside of the classroom by getting involved in academic and special interest clubs and organizations on the Montana Tech campus. You also have easy access to outdoor adventures, such as skiing at nearby resorts or in the backcountry; enjoying southwest Montana’s hot springs; hiking the Great Divide and other trails; and fishing in pristine mountain streams.

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Be career ready

The mechanical engineering degree at Montana Tech prepares you for careers in nearly every industry, including automotive, aerospace, biomedical, electronic, manufacturing, automation, power, petroleum, mining, construction, HVAC, and consulting. The broad nature of the mechanical engineering degree also equips you for graduate studies in engineering, science, medicine, and law.

"Choosing Montana Tech for my mechanical engineering degree was not only the right thing to do, but it was the best thing to do."

Nathan Sutton, BS Mechanical Engineering, 2015
MS Mechanical Engineering, 2017
Gas Plant Process Engineer, Hess Corporation

#3 best mechanical engineering degree in the U.S.
#3 Best Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree Program in the US
136 Credits to Completion
136 Credits to Completion
$63K Average Starting Salary
$88K Average Starting Salary

What Kinds of Jobs Do Mechanical Engineers Do?

From mechanical engineer to automotive engineer, Montana Tech mechanical engineering graduates follow a variety of career paths in nearly every industry. For example, after receiving their mechanical engineering degree, two of our graduates went on to earn their master’s in mechanical engineering at Montana Tech and received international attention for their nanotechnology research.

Career outlook for the mechanical engineering degree

88.24% career outcome rate »

Mechanical engineering salary

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of mechanical engineers is projected to grow 4% through 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job prospects may be best for those who stay abreast of the most recent advances in technology. The median annual wage for mechanical engineers was $90,160 in May 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Explore Classes for the Mechanical Engineering Degree

Start with the fundamentals in science, physics, and math and culminate in a year-long capstone senior design project where you develop and showcase your capabilities. The mechanical engineering degree includes courses in advanced thermodynamics, vibrations, nanotechnology, welding, product development, impact dynamics, aerospace, machine design, HVAC, and control systems. Prepare for future leadership roles by learning the fundamentals of engineering economics and project management, too. Develop specialties by choosing one of four focus areas.

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Get Started on Your Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree

Take the next step toward earning your mechanical engineering bachelor’s degree at Montana Tech.

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Talk to an Advisor

Contact the mechanical engineering department administrative assistant Julie Crowley who can put you in touch with the appropriate advisor.

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To transfer to Montana Tech, you must be a high school graduate and have earned more than 12 college credits.

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