Mechanical Engineering

Program Type
Undergraduate Major
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Modes of Study
Blended;In person

Tuition & fees

Costs include tuition, fees, & other costs such as books. New England residents may qualify for a tuition break. See cost details

Financial aid

On average, 92% of enrolled students who file a FAFSA receive an offer. 91% of offers include scholarships, grants, waiver, and/or work-study. Explore aid

Program duration

Typical completion time: 4 years. Flexible options may save time. Explore options


SAT & ACT scores optional. Early action & year-round admissions. View application process & deadlines

Program Highlights

  • Prepare to be eligible for licensure as a professional engineer within the state of Maine upon graduation.
  • Study in a program that encourages hands-on exploration of electromechanical systems and the learning environment.
  • Complete an internship at a local engineering firm, including Pratt & Whitney, Texas Instruments, Bath Iron Works, IDEXX Laboratories, and more.
  • Join a student-run extracurricular group, such as the Engineering Student Committee (ESC), Women in STEM, and USM’s Engineers Without Borders (EWB).
  • Augment the program with a concentration in industrial engineering.
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We encourage experiential learning by helping our students secure internships at leading engineering firms in Southern Maine. In addition, the percentage of our mechanical engineering courses that require an open-ended design component is greater than that of many similar programs.

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Program requirements

Our program offers engineering courses that cover engineering tools, engineering economics, junior and senior design projects, and a circuits laboratory. Mechanical engineering courses cover materials sciences, applied mechanics, thermodynamics, and machines and mechanisms. Multiple types of labs are included.

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Learning spaces

Our state-of-the-art learning facilities are new or recently renovated to offer you a dynamic place to learn, share, and build community.

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Career opportunities

Our graduates are prepared to excel as engineers in technologically intensive environments, succeed in graduate studies, and transfer their skills to a variety of contexts and endeavors.

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Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible for licensure as a professional engineer in Maine. While reciprocity conditions vary, many other states accept the Maine license.

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Dedicated, engaged faculty

Our faculty are an excellent resource for our students. Learn from engineering faculty in small class settings and interact with our engineer-in-residence who spends one afternoon each week engaged in various department activities.

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Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships offer valuable financial aid that doesn’t need to be repaid. You’ll be automatically considered for Merit Scholarships when you apply for admission by the deadline. Additional opportunities are available.

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Our program is accredited by the EAC (Engineering Accreditation Commission) of ABET (formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology).

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Do you live in New England?

You may be eligible for a reduced tuition rate, as part of the NEBHE Tuition Break Program.

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