WPI’s BS in Mechanical Engineering program provides you with the essential skills and experiences to explore mechanical engineering’s diverse opportunities. Fifty percent of our mechanical engineering requirements are electives, so you’ll choose an academic path targeted at what interests you most.

WPI’s project-based educational approach means you’ll take hands-on engineering courses every year—right from your first semester. You’ll learn and work with our renowned faculty tackling projects from nano-component fabricating to the largest aircraft carrier endeavors.

We facilitate global experiences that enable you to take projects from inception to fruition in many environments. You’ll build your confidence and fine-tune your professional abilities to gain an advantage in the job market and the work environment.

As passionate problem solvers, we help you master both the theory and the skills you need to discover, innovate, and tackle today’s most critical engineering challenges.


As a mechanical engineering major, you’ll discover the path you want to follow, and we will help you make that happen. The course work includes fundamental courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and several engineering disciplines, but at WPI we give you room to pursue what you like most.

You may explore a focus in biomechanical engineering, energy, engineering mechanics, manufacturing engineering, materials science, mechanical design, and/or robotics. Project work helps you sharpen your critical thinking skills and apply your knowledge to problems you’ll see in the real world.

BS/MS Option:

Outstanding students are encouraged to combine a master’s degree with undergraduate WPI studies to complete both degrees in five years or less. Interested? Talk with your advisor early.

Available Concentrations

Project-based Learning

Project-based Learning

WPI students learn by doing. At the cornerstone of our signature undergraduate education is a project based approach to learning across all years that allows students to apply their knowledge to real-world problems. 

Students gain hands-on experience working on projects in our state-of-the-art labs and facilities, working alongside world-renowned faculty, as well as in communities and organizations at our project center locations across the globe.

WPI’s Global Projects Program immerses students in communities as close as our home city of Worcester and at more than 40 other locations worldwide. Students work in teams with a faculty advisor and are accountable to a project sponsor on a specific problem that connects science or technology with social issues and human needs.

Mechanical engineering students also have access to several collaborative alliances between WPI and industry, including the Metals Processing Institute (MPI) and its research centers. MPI centers work to advance research, solve business challenges, and promote materials science partnerships. 

Recent student projects include:

  • Designing ski and snowboard bindings to mitigate ACL injuries
  • Developing a mobile dialysis vehicle
  • Design and fabrication of a Formula SAE racecar
  • Design and fabrication of a vest that detects a ballistic impact and immediately alerts first responders
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Student Profiles

Emily McLean

Emily M.

Junior, BS in Mechanical Engineering

A co-op experience gave this WPI junior invaluable insight into what she can expect from working in the "real world" following graduation.

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Shamsur S.

Junior, BS in Mechanical Engineering

Shamsur traveled to the Albania Project Center to complete his IQP, which was focused on mapping the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Albania. He and his team of three other WPI students researched how entrepreneurs in Albania’s capital, Tirana, build new ventures, overcome challenges, and identify resources and support needed from various organizations. The students conducted interviews with entrepreneurs and different organizations to help their sponsor learn how to help facilitate and grow entrepreneurship activity in Albania. The team also created a website that provides information about events and services that would help entrepreneurs.

Sean Hathaway

Sean H.

Senior, BS in Mechanical Engineering & MS in Manufacturing Engineering

An undergraduate rises to the top of his Air Force ROTC detachment all while earning his bachelors and masters degrees at the same time. 

Jennifer Day

Jennifer D.

Sophomore, BS in Mechanical Engineering

A sophomore varsity swim team member and mechanical engineering major discovering the power of teamwork in the pool, in the classroom, and in life.

Getting Involved

Getting Involved

You’ll find a supportive, fun, and engaging community in and out of WPI’s classrooms. Our student chapters of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Pi Tau Sigma (the mechanical engineering honor society), Satellite Development Club, and Women in Robotics Engineering will help you form your network and encourage your interests.

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After Graduation

Mechanical Engineering Department

The Mechanical Engineering Department is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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