College of Engineering
Mechanical engineers design and develop a wide variety of products. From power generators to smart phones, they are responsible for creating the new technologies that impact human life.
The mechanical engineering curriculum includes a broad spectrum of courses in general and mechanical engineering topics as well as in-depth understanding of physics, math and materials.
Opportunities are available for undergraduate and graduate work in many fields of interest. The following laboratories are available for course work and research projects:
- Bently Pressurized Bearings CAD Lab
- Composites Laboratory
- Design Studios
- Engine Laboratory
- Fluids Laboratory
- Graduate Studies Room
- Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Laboratory
- Mechatronics Laboratory
- Mustang 60 Machine Shop
- Open Lab
- Parker Hannifin Controls Laboratory
- Rapid Prototyping Laboratory
- Robotics Laboratory
- Solar Turbines and Bently-Nevada Vibrations and Rotordynamics Lab
- Student Projects Machine Shop in the Hangar
- Thermal Sciences Laboratory
Energy Resources Concentration
The Energy Resources concentration is designed for undergraduate mechanical engineering students to acquire a fundamental understanding of energy conversion technologies and their environmental impacts. Courses in this diverse concentration cover renewable energy technologies, nuclear power, petroleum engineering, and combustion engines.
General Mechanical Engineering Concentration
The general concentration gives you a fundamental understanding of engineering sciences, including mathematics, chemistry and physics as well as deep training in engineering design. The principles of solid mechanics, fluid mechanics and thermal sciences are included throughout the curriculum, giving you the knowledge and skill set to design solutions to problems encountered in the professional world.
HVAC & R Concentration
The HVAC & R concentration prepares you for a career in the heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and refrigeration industry and focuses on the design of mechanical systems for commercial and industrial buildings.
Advances in manufacturing are changing how products are designed and built around the world. This concentration will allow you to delve deeply into manufacturing processes for the digital age and develop the essential knowledge to leverage as you create the products of the future.
Mechatronics focuses on designing, manufacturing and maintaining smart machines that have both mechanical and electronic components. This rapidly growing field includes industries like robotics, medical and assistive technology, driverless vehicles, human-machine interaction and more.
Mechanical engineering majors are able to participate in a blended program where you can earn your bachelor's and master's degrees at the same time.
There are four blended programs available to mechanical engineering students and requirements are different for each program:
About the Program
Mechanical Engineering at Cal Poly is one of the most practical, hands-on programs available to undergraduates.
Beyond a general focus, you can choose to concentrate on mechatronics, manufacturing, energy resources or heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration. Regardless of your concentration, the lab intensive program will teach you the basic principles of solid mechanics, fluid mechanics and thermal sciences and how it relates to the design, manufacturing, and application of this equipment. The program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET and ranked first in California and second in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
Learn by Doing
Through labs, machine shops, internships and co-ops, you will learn how to design, manufacture and integrate a wide variety of equipment ranging from manufacturing machinery and power generation equipment to consumer goods. From designing and building a bike to building and testing a brewery's air and refrigeration system, there are opportunities to work on a variety of projects.
Mechanical engineering graduates are employed by manufacturers, energy companies, consultants and government agencies.
Graduates are involved in product design, mechanical design, testing, engineering management, engineering sales, design of manufacturing systems and development of maintenance procedures. Our graduates often go onto graduate study as well as medical, law or business school.