Prospective Students

General Information:

The Mechanical Engineering Department offers a four-year undergraduate program leading to a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering which is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

In consultation with an academic advisor, each student plans a program based on the approved Mechanical Engineering Curriculum. The suggested program can be modified to satisfy course prerequisites scheduling needs or student preferences. The program has ten elective courses among the 42 courses required for the degree. Six of the electives must be approved courses in Human Values and Social Contexts, and four must be technical with the courses selected from specified groups. Lists of courses qualifying for these electives are also available in the Mechanical Engineering office. By careful use of this flexibility in electives, students may pursue in some depth their particular interests in both technical and non-technical subjects. Some Mechanical Engineering electives will not be offered every year.

Students may wish to declare a double major or obtain a second degree. One common choice is to combine mechanical and electrical engineering. A minimum of one extra year is ordinarily required for a double major or a double degree. The student should see his or her academic advisor early in the program to be sure all requirements are being met.

Students have an opportunity to earn a Concentration in Aerospace Engineering by completing three courses in the following sequence: MEE 445, MEE 446, and MEE 547 or MEE 548.

The Mechanical Engineering Department provides the students the opportunity to participate in a co-operative education course, MEE 394 – Mechanical Engineering Practice. The course is under the direction of Associate Professor Mike Boyle who is the mechanical engineering co-op advisor who monitors the student’s progress in the course. The course generally requires that appropriate project work be assigned by the co-operating company or agency.

Students who are enrolled in the undergraduate program can undertake an integrated program where the requirements of the fourth year of their basic curriculum and the additional courses of the five-year option are distributed to reinforce each other over the last two years of a five-year program. This five-year pulp and paper option in Mechanical Engineering is described in detail in the Chemical Engineering section of the University of Maine Undergraduate Catalog. The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree and a pulp and paper certificate are awarded concurrently at the end of the fifth year of study.

Broaden your engineering education with another innovative field of engineering  by taking a minor outside of your major. You will learn about the applications and systems in areas that will greatly enhance your skill set and college education.  Minors are listed in the University of Maine Catalog.

students working on capstone drone 2017Current curriculum information is found in the University of Maine Undergraduate Catalog. As a new student, you should keep a copy of the catalog bookmarked online, as it sets the requirement that you will need to follow to receive a degree. Your graduation requirements are set by the catalog year matching your first enrollment date.

How Do I Apply?

Admission Requirements for Mechanical Engineering
Engineers solve problems by relying on their creative and academic skills. You should enjoy problem-solving and be challenged by the effort it requires. While in high school you should take the following courses:

For engineering, advanced placement or honors level courses in high school are recommended. Combined SAT scores of 1110 (Math & Reading only) and graduation in the top 20% of your high school class, with no grades less than a “B” should be your goal.

The following courses are required for Mechanical Engineering:

  • English (4 units)
  • Algebra 1 & 2
  • Geometry
  • History (2 units)
  • one senior level math (select from trigonometry, pre-calculus, or calculus)

Science requirements:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Please consult the University of Maine Catalog for more information on admission requirements.