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Mechanical Engineering (BSME)

This is one of Michigan's high-demand, top careers


The Mechanical Engineering program dares the next generation of inventors and problem-solvers to take on their greatest challenge yet by introducing their creative visions to academia. At SVSU, students strive to develop, build and improve upon machines or the overall design process in this interactive and fast-paced, ABET-accredited program. With access to 15 modern, state-of-the-art laboratories that support teaching, student research and extracurricular projects, students delve into everything from solid prototyping to robotics. Expert faculty provide the knowledge and skills that enable students to unlock the secrets behind mechanical devices and make discoveries as they strive to address complex problems. At the undergraduate level, cardinal engineers gain a working knowledge of research and design culminating in a two-semester, fully-funded, industry-sponsored, capstone design experience. 

Cardinal Points

  • Cardinal Formula Racing is a faculty-led student racing team that competes in the Formula SAE Collegiate Design Series competitions where SVSU has been ranked first in acceleration amongst global competitors!

  • Pioneer Hall features 15 modern laboratories ranging from robotics and metallography to independent testing and heat transfer. Each lab is uniquely different. 

  • As a part of their Senior Design Project, students work with an outside company like Walboro, S.C. Johnson, Duro-Last or Polaris to design a new product, custom testing apparatus or improve manufacturing processes.

  • The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Mechanical and Similarly Named Engineering Programs Program Criteria.

SVSU's Mechanical Engineering program offers a strong foundation in chemistry, physics, mathematics and advanced engineering courses. Students majoring in the program have the opportunity to test themselves with competitive labs and research opportunities. Life as a Mechanical Engineering major includes a strong curriculum, industry internships and a fully funded capstone project!

Highlighted Courses

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Key Electives

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Your Plan for a Successful College Experience

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Complimentary Minors/Majors

Our Students After Graduation...


Nexteer Automotive
Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation
Verso Corporation
J.R. Motorsports (NASCAR)
Mistequay Group
Ford Motor Company
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
General Motors Company

Career Opportunities

Product Engineer
Product Applications Engineer
Field Engineer
Reliability Engineer
Project Engineer/Coordinator
Design Release Engineer

  • 10% projected growth for employment of mechanical engineers with a bachelor's degree through 2028. (O*NET, Michigan Employment Trends)
  • $96,310 is the median yearly pay for a mechanical engineer in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • With a bachelor's degree from SVSU's Mechanical Engineering program, students are prepared for a host of careers such as professional engineers and entrepreneurs. 

Cardinal Successes

The stories below offer insight into how our students have turned their SVSU education into successful opportunities yielding real-world success.

2019 Mechanical Engineering Students

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Alex Fullerton Mechanical Engineering Major

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