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Mechanical Engineering

The field of Mechanical Engineering has been defined as follows:


Mechanical engineering is a branch of engineering that applies principles of engineering, basic science, and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations) for modeling, analysis, design, and realization of physical systems, components, or processes. Mechanical engineering curriculum also prepares students to work professionally in both thermal and mechanical systems areas. Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest and broadest engineering disciplines.

The lead society of this engineering discipline is the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) with a webpage at http://www.asme.org/.

Employment Opportunities 

Upon graduation with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, opportunities for employment will fall within the following fields (click on the image to open a larger view:)

ME Employment



Educational Preparation 

In becoming a Mechanical Engineer, a student will focus studies in the following areas (in addition to core subject courses) at the college and university levels:

ME Expertise


Coursework for Transfer

The following diagram illustrates a recommended two-year transfer plan leading to a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering(click on the image to open a larger view:)

ME transfer

 ME transfer notes



To ensure that you are ready for the courses as shown, please take note of the prerequisite flowchart as shown below (click on the image to open a larger view:)

ME flowchart revised 10-13

Participating  Institutions:

The Voluntary Statewide Transfer Compact for Mechanical Engineering can be viewed here. You can download the entire Mechanical Engineering Tuning Packet, which outlines critical skill areas needed by students and graduates of Mechanical Engineering programs, click here.

Institutions of higher learning participating in the Voluntary Statewide Transfer Compact for Mechanical Engineering may be seen by clicking the button below:

Participating Institutions


This means that these institutions have agreed: a) to teach courses at the lower level as listed in the Academic Course Guide Manual, updated and published each year by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and b) to accept the courses listed for transfer into the Mechanical Engineering program at the university level as specified in the Compact.

For further or more specific information regarding transfer to a Mechanical Engineering program in a Texas university, it is recommended that you contact the engineering department at the institution in which you are interested. Links to each engineering department are provided in the chart above.

For questions regarding the Tuning project or the Compact itself, please contact Mary Smith, Program Coordinator, or Debbie Rodriguez, Program Specialist at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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