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B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

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Learn more about the NIU B.S. in Mechanical Engineering program at Rock Valley College.

As a mechanical engineering student, you’ll develop a strong foundation in both the sciences and engineering. Throughout the program, you’ll explore concepts such as solid mechanics, dynamics and controls, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, energy conversion and manufacturing. The learning doesn’t end in the classroom; we have several laboratories and impressive equipment for experimental investigations and applications.

There is a large demand for mechanical engineers across all industries so you’ll have an opportunity to put your skills to work in a setting that suits you best. You can start exploring those possibilities here at NIU by choosing one of three degree emphases:

Advanced Computing and Simulation

Virtual reality isn’t just for video games. You’ll learn how to generate interactive 3D realities using visual and auditory stimuli. Using computer simulation games and other advanced resources, you’ll work to understand the construction and role of mathematical models in creating virtual realities.

Mechatronics and Robotics

Mechatronics engineering deals with the design of mechanical systems and products that require a computer or electrical control system to operate. This includes everything from a DVD player to an anti-lock brake system to a robot. Learn how to work with and design electromechanical and automated equipment for industrial and commercial settings.

Sustainable Energy

If you have a passion for energy conservation and environmental sustainability, this emphasis will help you gain an understanding of both energy sources and utilization. Depending on your interests, you can take classes in alternative and renewable energy, propulsion, refrigeration or air conditioning.

We also offer an accelerated B.S./M.S. sequence that allows you to pursue your graduate degree after 90 semester hours.

What courses will I take?

Who are the Mechanical Engineering faculty?

Check out their profiles.

What hands-on learning opportunities do I have?

Undergrads are encouraged to take their classroom knowledge into the real world. In addition to internship opportunities, you can participate in programs such as:

What resources are available to me as a mechanical engineering student?

There's no shortage of support at CEET. You can take advantage of our advising, diversity resources, scholarships, student organizations and so much more. We want you to succeed!

What's the next step?

Request more information, visit and apply!

Contact Us

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Engineering Building, Room 226
590 Garden Road  

Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-9979

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