WPI's distinctive undergraduate education combines rigorous theory with hands-on application. Across your four years you'll be expected to apply your knowledge in innovative ways to solve significant, real-world problems. Past teams have tackled such projects as developing a mobile dialysis vehicle and designing ski and snowboard bindings to help mitigate ACL injuries. Mechanical engineering students also have access to several collaborative alliances between WPI and industry, including the Metals Processing Institute (MPI) and its research centers.
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 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.
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.
Whether it’s real-world work experience through a co-op or internship, earning a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four or five years through the BS/MS program, or integrating your coursework with your extracurricular interests through Major and a Mission, there are many ways you can make the most out of your time at WPI.