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What are Mechanical Engineers (MEs)?

Mechanical engineering is the discipline that applies engineering, physics, engineering mathematics, and materials science principles to design, analyze, manufacture, and maintain mechanical systems. It is one of the oldest and broadest of the engineering disciplines.


Why ME at WKU?

WKU's ME program is special for its small class sizes and emphasis on applied research opportunities. Our project based curriculum will allow students to work on real problems while gaining practical skills that will be applicable to their workplace upon graduation.

Program Educational Objectives and Educational Outcomes


WKU Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org


Chris Byrne

Mechanical Engineering  - Program Coordinator

  • 270-745-6858
  • joel.lenoir@wku.edu
  • EBS 2118

University of Tennessee, Knoxville




  • Median BS Mechanical Engineering Salary: $73,067
  • Some local companies that hire ME's: Logan Aluminum, New Mather Metals Inc., General Motors, NASCO, Sumitomo, Span Tech
  • Mechanical engineering is the discipline that applies engineering, physics, engineering mathematics, and materials science principles to design, analyze, manufacture, and maintain mechanical systems.
  • The basic task of mechanical engineers is to design and develop new systems and technologies that can be used to extend our physical abilities and simplify our lives.
  • Ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems
  • Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet public health, safety and welfare needs
  • Communicating effectively with a range of audiences
  • Recognize the impact of engineering solutions on a global scale
  • Ability to function effectively on a team and provide leadership
  • Ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use judgment to draw conclusions

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 Last Modified 3/29/21