Mechanical EngineeringCollege of Engineering

What you will learn

Mechanical engineers are considered the "general practitioners" of engineering because they solve a diverse range of problems. At UNL, students will choose among three major areas: thermal-fluid science engineering, systems and design engineering, and materials science engineering. Students will be able to practice what they learn in the classroom by joining clubs like the HUSKER racing team that designs and competes in contests like the national Baja race or NASA's Microgravity University (where UNL teams are chosen to help with NASA research in a zero gravity environment). Students also have numerous interactions with local industry for senior design projects. Companies provide projects for students, providing them real-life engineering problems and access to potential employers.

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Career Opportunities

After earning a degree, careers could take you into research and development, design of equipment and systems, testing, plant and sales engineering, and management. Jobs include serving as a Quality Assurance Officer, Project Engineer, Systems Engineer, Mechatronics Engineer, Materials Analyst, Combustion Technician, Aerodynamics Researcher, New Product Developer, Instrumentation Designer, and Control Systems Specialist.

Recent employers include:

  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • Hamilton-Sundstrand
  • OPPD
  • Kellogg's
  • Pella

The NEBRASKA difference

Faculty expertise falls generally within thermal fluid sciences, systems and design, and materials. For the fourth time in three years, UNL mechanical engineering students worked on applied research projects with NASA's Microgravity University during Flight Week in April at Houston's Johnson Space Center.

Internships / Clubs

Clubs include Pi Tau Sigma (international mechanical engineering honor society), American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers, American Society of Metallurgists, and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.


Our labs include Design, modeling, measurements and controls laboratories, Materials laboratories, Thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and heat transfer laboratories, Graduate student and staff research laboratories and Computer laboratories.


Students have many opportunities for out-of-class experiences. For example, the annual Formula Society of Automotive Engineers competition moves to Lincoln in 2012. For FSAE, teams of students design and build a Formula-style car to compete with other universities from around the nation. UNL mechanical engineering students are leading the team preparing Nebraska's first entry in the competition.