It’s not an exaggeration to say that mechanical engineers are changing the world. These dedicated professionals continue to push the boundaries of what is physically possible in order to produce safer, more economical, and more efficient machines— from aircraft carriers to household appliances.

WPI’s Mechanical Engineering major provides students with a solid foundation in the engineering sciences and a strong grounding in practical problem-solving skills. This combined approach, along with hands-on project experiences, makes WPI graduates ready and able to hit the ground running and add value to their places of employment from the very start of their careers.

Average Starting Salary

WPI Graduates:

  • Bachelor’s: $59,217
  • Master’s: $62,746
  • PhD: Unknown

Average National Starting Salary (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015):  $53,210

Average National Starting Salary (reported by the NACE Salary Survey): $63,501

Download the 2015 Post-Graduate Report (PDF) for more information on salaries.

Companies that have Hired WPI Mechanical Engineers

  • Avery Dennison
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Disney
  • ExxonMobil
  • Honeywell
  • Shark Ninja
  • UPS
  • US Air Force and Army

Download the 2015 Post-Graduate Report (PDF) for more companies that have hired WPI graduates.

Sample Job Titles

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Automatic Engineer
  • CAD Engineer
  • Cost Estimator
  • Design Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technologist
  • Mechanical Engineer

Visit O*Net Online for more information on job titles.

Sample Graduate Schools

  • Boston University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Columbia University
  • Technical University of Delft
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Sample Professional Associations and Clubs

Visit What Can I do with This Major for more associations and clubs.

Sample MQP titles

  • Injection Molding of Chocolate
  • Passive Assistive Pedaling Device
  • Thermal and Electrical Transport
  • Thermoelectric Management of Lithium Ion Batteries in Mobile Devices

Visit WPI’s Electronic Projects Collection for more MQP titles.

Popular Industries for Mechanical Engineers

Visit Career Cornerstone or What Can I do with This Major for a list of more industries.

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