B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Do you have an interest in how machines work and why?
Degree Type Bachelor of Science
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UW-Stout's Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (ME) prepares you to be involved in the design and manufacture of nearly everything from micro-scale objects to medical devices and airplanes. Mechanical engineers research the latest technology, design new machines, and work in teams with other professionals to convert ideas into real products.

You'll receive hands-on experiences in the research, design and manufacturing of new machines and the improvement of existing processes. / UW-Stout

You'll learn all aspects of the engineering design process. How to combine logical thinking skills with creativity. The Mechanical Engineering curriculum includes mechanics, kinematics, thermal and fluid sciences, materials science, structural analysis, and electronics.


Program Overview

View program plans, credit requirements and course descriptions.


We offer a dynamic and practical polytechnic hands-on learning environment with state-of-the-art labs and facilities. You'll work closely with faculty in preparation for your required co-op or internship with an approved employer. After graduation, you'll be ready for advanced degree work that many UW-Stout engineering graduates have pursued.

"The professors are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We learn the critical thinking skills that will enable us to overcome any challenges we will face in our careers. The hands-on labs prepared us to deal with real problems and we will be able to apply those skills in industry."

-- Jamison Noye
B.S. Mechanical Engineering

UW-Stout's Mechanical Engineering program offers one of the most highly-sought engineering degrees in the region. As Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, UW-Stout continues to fill the demand for highly trained and experienced engineers. 

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Preparing for Mechanical Engineering

As a student in the Mechanical Engineering program, you must have an aptitude for science and mathematics. We encourage you to take as many upper-level math and science courses in high school as possible, including mathematics through algebra and trigonometry, plus physics and chemistry. Early development of computer skills is also very helpful.

Starting Out

Industry's mechanical engineering problems are not only technical in nature. They're also social and economic. As a mechanical engineer, you must, therefore, have a broad education. The first two years of your program will include English composition, communication, and other general education offerings, as well as mathematics, physics and engineering fundamentals.

As You Progress

Science and mathematics classes form the foundation for engineering science courses, and their application to analysis, synthesis and creative design. As you work through the program, the courses will emphasize modern manufacturing techniques such as computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM), robotics, and microprocessor control of manufacturing. You'll receive extensive laboratory experience in those and related areas, including computer-controlled manufacturing systems, statistical process control, electronic instrumentation, and materials processing and testing.

Admissions Requirements

The following requirements are only for these four Engineering programs:

New First-Year Students

For the 2022-2023 academic year, all first-year students will be admitted as Pre-Engineering students to their specific program. For example, B.S. Computer and Electrical Engineering applicants will be admitted as Pre-Computer and Electrical Engineering students. Students will then follow the major change request process once they meet the criteria to be accepted into their intended Engineering program.

Major Change Criteria:

You have earned college credit while in high school or while attending UW-Stout for either of the following Calculus courses with a grade of "B" or better (note: a grade of "B-" is not sufficient):

  • MATH-153: Calculus I  or  MATH-156: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I


You have earned college credit while in high school or while attending UW-Stout for the following sequence of courses with an earned cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale:

  • MATH-153: Calculus I  or  MATH-156: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  • MATH-154: Calculus II  or  MATH-157: Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
  • PHYS-291: Statics  or  PHYS-281: University Physics I
  • CHEM-135: College Chemistry I

Transfer Students 

Only ONE of the following three need be met:

1. Both "Test A" and "Test B" below must be satisfied:

  • Test A 
    • have a minimum ACT composite score of 22 (or SAT equivalent)
    • rank in the top 40 percent of your high school graduating class (or for high schools that do not rank, earn a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale)
  • Test B
    • have a minimum ACT math score of 22

2. You have transferred either of the following Calculus courses with a grade of "B" or better (note: a grade of "B-" is not sufficient):

  • MATH-153: Calculus I  or  MATH-156: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

3. You have transferred the following sequence of courses with an earned cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale:

  • MATH-153: Calculus I  or  MATH-156: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  • MATH-154: Calculus II  or  MATH-157: Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
  • PHYS-291: Statics  or  PHYS-281: University Physics I
  • CHEM-135: College Chemistry I

If you do not meet any of the academic requirements above, but do meet the requirements for general admission to the university, you will be admitted to the university as Pre-Engineering. You may qualify for the engineering major by meeting either requirement 2 or 3 once at UW-Stout.

Objectives & Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives

The Mechanical Engineering program develops mechanical engineers who are:

  1. In demand by engineering employers as contributors of innovative solutions to complex problems
  2. Recognized for their ability to apply engineering expertise with an understanding of design and manufacturing
  3. Recognized for their teamwork and communication skills, leadership, and initiative
  4. Committed to high ethical standards, global perspectives, and principles of social responsibility and social justice
  5. Continuing to develop professionally as engineers through formal and informal education

Student Learning Outcomes

The mechanical engineering program at UW-Stout will prepare graduates for successful careers in mechanical engineering related professions and other career paths. The program will prepare students to sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, administrated by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Upon completing the degree program at UW-Stout, students will have attained the following outcomes as defined by the ABET-EAC accreditation requirements:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.


Career Opportunities

Entry Positions

The program will serve employers who seek an application-oriented program with an ability to closely collaborate with small to medium-sized businesses as demonstrated by the many successes of UW-Stout’s Discovery Center. As Wisconsin businesses embrace new technologies and diversify into new market spaces, mechanical engineers are needed to meet business opportunities and challenges in:

  • manufacturing
  • pharmaceuticals
  • healthcare
  • construction
  • pulp and paper
  • food processing
  • microelectronics
  • electronic and advanced materials
  • polymers
  • business services
  • law
  • environmental health and safety

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Employment of mechanical engineers is expected to grow nine percent from 2010 to 2020.” The BeBold 2 Report indicates that manufacturing is one industry sector that is expected to see particularly high employment demand in Wisconsin in the coming years and mechanical engineers are a critical component of these job markets.

ME Advisory Committee

2021 ME Advisory Committee

Chris Bendel STEMM College Assoc. Dean UW-Stout
Devin  Berg Associate Professor CSTEMM, Engineering and Technology Dept. 
Joel  Beskar Engineering Manager SMC Ltd.
Glenn  Bushendorf Senior Lecturer CSTEMM, Engineering and Technology Dept. 
Chris Conger Director of Connected Health Technology Phillips Medisize
David  Ding STEMM College Assoc. Dean UW-Stout
Jason Eccles Operations Manager Bending Branches LLC
Cody Gadzinski Maintenance Reliability Engineer Kohler
Christian  Gausman Director of Engineering OEM Fabrictors, Inc.
Abhimanyu Ghosh Assistant Professor CSTEMM, Engineering and Technology Dept. 
Oai Ha  Assistant Professor Engineering & Technology Dept
Deslyn Hart Mechanical Engineer, Operations Leadership Andersen Corporation
Tom Lacksonen Professor CSTEMM, Engineering and Technology Dept. 
Kevin Larson Manufacturing Engineer DCA Manufacturing
Chris Luebke Senior Quality Engineer Advanced Molding Technologies  
Michelle Luu Mechanical Engineering Student UW-Stout
Marc McEllistrem Director, Materials Science and Engineering UW-Eau Claire
Gindy Neidermyer STEMM College Interim Dean UW-Stout
Garrett Norsten Mechanical Engineering Student UW-Stout
Laura Reimer Value Analysis Productivity Engineer Trane Technologies
Isaac Remer Applications Engineer Minco
Jason Richardson Mechanical Engineering Student UW-Stout
Vivek Singhal Assistant Professor  
Nathan  Spike Assistant Professor Engineering & Technology Dept
Ron  Thomas Senior Management Engineer Manufacturing Outreach Center
Todd Treichel Program Manager and Business Development Sierra Nevada Corporation
Abhishek Verma Assistant Professor CSTEMM, Engineering and Technology Dept. 
Vincent Wheeler Assistant Professor CSTEMM, Engineering and Technology Dept. 

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