Mechanical engineers are sought-after in a wide range of industries. Our bachelor's degree program will give you a strong foundation in science and engineering, leading to career flexibility. You'll explore concepts such as solid and fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, dynamics and controls, thermodynamics, energy conversion, and manufacturing. With many opportunities to build your skills in our laboratories, you'll be well-prepared for the workplace. You can focus your studies on your interests by choosing an emphasis.
We also offer mechanical engineering courses at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois.
The following emphases are available, however, you are not required to choose an emphasis.
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.
Robotics and Controls
Dive into the growing field of robotics where you will learn how to design, build, program and operate robots. You'll gain an understanding of the systems needed to control robots, provide sensory feedback and process information.
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.
Students, please note that your course requirements may be different than those listed in the current year's catalog. Be sure to refer to the archived catalogs for the year of your enrollment. Or check with your advisor.