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Mechanical Engineering

The mechanical engineer deals with the broad areas of heat, energy, force and motion, and their effects on a multitude of products. Mechanical engineers may be involved in the design of large industrial machinery, power plants, automobiles and aircraft, robots, biomedical devices and equipment, precision measurement and data acquisition equipment, nanotechnology and new materials, among others. Within these areas, the mechanical engineer enjoys considerable professional flexibility.

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The Program

The demand for mechanical engineers with a good technical education has been high for many years. The Department of Mechanical Engineering at North Dakota State University offers an education that enables its graduates to take their places in all facets of the profession. The department has graduated more than 3,200 mechanical engineers who are working throughout the United States and many other parts of the world.


The standard curriculum allows students flexibility in choosing courses that reflect their interests within the broad areas of mechanical engineering. These include mechanics, materials and nanotechnology, biomedical engineering, fuel cell and alternate energy sources, among others.

In cooperation with the Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials, the Department of Mechanical Engineering has developed a specialized curriculum leading to a minor in coatings and polymeric materials. This program is designed to prepare students for careers that require specialized chemistry and polymers training, such as the manufacture of coatings to enhance and preserve vehicles, structures and machines. This program is a good option for students wishing to prepare for a career as a mechanical engineer in the polymers and coatings industry or in a manufacturing industry as a mechanical engineer with a good coatings/polymers background. NDSU’s Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials is internationally renowned and the oldest of only three other such departments in the world.

The Faculty and Facilities

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is housed in Dolve Hall, which is part of an eight-building engineering complex. Laboratories and classrooms are well-suited and equipped for teaching and research. Students have access to PC computer clusters and facilities located in Dolve Hall to assist them in their laboratory and class work. The faculty offers a variety of expertise and extensive experience in teaching and research.

High School Preparation

To enroll in the mechanical engineering curriculum for the freshman year, students should have two years of high school algebra and one year of trigonometry, as well as a year in chemistry and physics. Students without these courses may take them at NDSU to better prepare academically for a specific engineering curriculum.

Selective Admission

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has minimum admission requirements for new freshmen and transfer students.

New freshmen must rank in the top one-third of their high school class or have a minimum math ACT of 26 or SAT math sub score of 610.

Transfer students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.8.

All new students are initially admitted to the basic program in mechanical engineering. After completing 50 credits of specified courses with a minimum GPA of 2.5, minimum engineering GPA of 2.8 and no grade below a C, students are eligible for admission to the professional program. The engineering GPA is calculated based on specific core engineering courses.

Career Opportunities

Recent graduates have found employment in companies throughout the United States. The average starting salary is approximately $56,035. A sampling of companies hiring NDSU graduates includes: 3M, American Crystal Sugars, Angus Palm, Applied Engineering, Arctic Cat Inc., Black and Veatch, Bobcat, Boeing, Cargill, Caterpillar, Daktronics, Horsch Anderson, Integrity Windows, John Deere, Montana Dakota Utilities, Parker-Hannifin, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Xcel Energy.

Cooperative Education Program

Students in mechanical engineering are encouraged to participate in the Cooperative Education Program at NDSU. It consists of one or more four-month sessions of work experience after completion of the sophomore year. This optional industry experience provides students with hands-on opportunities not available in the classroom, and makes students more marketable to employers after graduation.

Sample Curriculum


General Education
    First Year Experience
1     UNIV/ME 189 - Skills for Academic Success
3     COMM 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking
3, 3     ENGL 110, 120 - College Composition I, II
3     ENGL 321 - Writing in the Technical Professions
    Quantitative Reasoning
4     MATH 165 - Calculus I
    Science & Technology
3, 3     CHEM 121, 122 - General Chemistry I, II
4, 1     PHYS 252, 252L - University Physics II and Lab
6   Humanities & Fine Arts
6   Social & Behavioral Sciences
2   Wellness
-   Cultural Diversity
-   Global Perspective
42   Total
Credits   Major Requirements
3   ECE 301 - Electrical Engineering I
3   ECE 303 - Electrical Engineering II
1   ECE 306 - Electrical Engineering Lab I
1   ENGR 402 - Engineering Ethics and Social 
3   IME 330 - Manufacturing Processes
2   MATH 129 - Basic Linear Algebra
4   MATH 166 - Calculus II
3   MATH 259 - Multivariate Calculus
3   MATH 266 - Introduction Differential Equations
3   ME 212 - Fundamentals of Visual Communication
      for Engineers
3   ME 213 - Modeling of Engineering Systems
3   ME 221 - Engineering Mechanics I
3   ME 222 - Engineering Mechanics II
3   ME 223 - Mechanics of Materials
4   ME 331 - Materials Science and Engineering
3   ME 351 - Thermodynamics I
3   ME 352 - Fluid Dynamics
1   ME 361 - Introduction to Mechanical
       Engineering Profession
3   ME 412 - Engineering Measurements
3   ME 421 - Theory of Vibrations
3   ME 442 - Machine Design I
3   ME 443 - Machine Design II
3   ME 454 - Heat and Mass Transfer
3   ME 457 - Thermal Systems Laboratory
3   ME 461 - Design Project I
3   ME 462 - Design Project II
73   Total
Credits   Additional Requirements (Standard ME Major)
15   Technical Electives
15   Total
Credits   (ME Major with CPM Minor)
3, 1   CHEM 341, 341L - Organic Chemistry I and Lab
3, 1   CHEM 342, 342L - Organic Chemistry II and Lab
1   CPM 451 - Laboratory, Chemical, Radiation and 
        Biological Safety
2   CPM 472 - Environment and Chemical Industries
3   *CPM 473 - Polymers Synthesis
3   *CPM 474 - Coatings I
3   *CPM 475 - Coatings II
2   CPM 483 - Polymer Practicum
2   CPM 484 - Coatings I Lab
2   CPM 485 - Coatings II Lab
3   *CPM 486 - Corrosion and Materials
1   CPM 487 - Corrosion and Materials Lab
30   Total
130   Curriculum Total (Standard ME Major)
140   Curriculum Total (ME Major with CPM Minor)

*Two of these courses may also count as technical electives in the ME major requirements.

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.

Dolve Hall
Room 111

Dolve Hall is located just east of the Visitors Parking Lot E and north of Centennial Boulevard (Campus Map)

Contact Information

Department of Mechanical Engineering
North Dakota State University
Dolve Hall 111,
Dept #2490, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8671 / Fax: (701) 231-8913

Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
Ceres 114
Dept #5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802



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