B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Do you have an interest in how machines work and why?
Degree Type Bachelor of Science
Careers & Salaries Career Outcomes
Delivery On Campus

Transform Ideas into Reality.

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 explore the latest technology, design innovative machines, and collaborate with other professionals in teams to transform ideas into tangible products.

UW-Stout's Mechanical Engineering program is Abet Accredited.

UW-Stout's Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.


100% of Graduates Are Employed or Continuing Education.

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. 

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

Design & Innovation-Focused Curriculum

Explore the multifaceted world of Mechanical Engineering at UW-Stout, where logic and creativity intersect. Our curriculum covers the full spectrum of the engineering design process, integrating key subjects such as mechanics, kinematics, thermal and fluid sciences, materials science, structural analysis, and electronics. This comprehensive approach equips you with a deep understanding and hands-on skills, readying you for the dynamic challenges in mechanical engineering.


Program Overview

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B.S. Mechanical Engineering + B.S. Physics

A degree in Applied Physics (B.S. in Applied Science) plus a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering can be completed in five years at UW-Stout.
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Learn Hands-on in Lab-Based Settings.

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.

A Legacy of Graduate Success

"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

Differential Tuition Fee

Students enrolled in the B.S. Mechanical Engineering program will be charged a special program fee in differential tuition once the student has earned at least 30 credits and has enrolled in ENGR-292.

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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 fundamental tools for creating solutions to problems found in industry, including thermal & fluid sciences, structural mechanics & machine design, and controls & instrumentation. You'll receive extensive laboratory experience in those and related areas, getting hands-on learning opportunities with engines, wind tunnels, simulation software, and heating/cooling/air conditioning systems.

Objectives & Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program at the University of Wisconsin–Stout is to produce graduates who:

  • Embrace their role as representatives of their profession and as leaders of the projects, people, and ideas that solve technical problems in a(n) ethical, economic, social, and environmental context.
  • Demonstrate self-reliance, accountability, autonomy, confidence, respectfulness, and a professional sense of direction while promoting engagement and collaboration within a team.
  • Clearly and concisely communicate ideas to technically, socially, and globally diverse audiences to build consensus and drive results.
  • Comfortably confront ambiguous and complex problems to create innovative solutions by leveraging standard and domain-specific skills, sharing their expertise, effectively generating ideas, and acquiring new knowledge.

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:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies


Career Opportunities

Mechanical Engineering at UW-Stout produces in-demand, well-compensated graduates. Since the first graduates left the program in 2017, the program boasts a placement rate of 97% and a median starting salary of $61,000. Mechanical engineering is a broad discipline allowing graduates to work in many different roles. Examples of starting job titles include:

  • R&D Mechanical Engineer
  • Product Development Engineer
  • Field Engineer
  • Facilities Engineer
  • Automotive Manufacturing Program Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Fire Protection Designer
  • Payload Systems Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Integration Engineer
  • Project Engineer/Manager
  • Quality Engineer
  • Building Performance & Systems Engineer
  • Value Analysis Productivity Engineer

Our graduates work in diverse industries ranging and help companies make medical devices, outfit buildings with heating and cooling systems, streamline their manufacturing processes and much more. Employers include:

  • Andersen Corporation
  • Blattner Energy, Inc.
  • Boston Scientific
  • Cool Air Mechanical
  • Daikin Applied
  • Delkor Systems, Inc.
  • Egan Company
  • Generac Power Systems
  • Global Finishing Solutions
  • Graco Inc.
  • Henry Repeating Arms
  • HUSCO International
  • JF Ahern
  • Mitsubishi Electric Automation
  • Parker Hannifin Corporation
  • Pentair
  • Phillips-Medisize Corporation
  • Prent Corporation
  • ProMed Molded Products
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Seagrave Fire Apparatus
  • Sonoco
  • Specialty Coating System
  • Trane Technologies
  • TSI Incorporated
  • Waupaca Foundry
Program Advisory Committee

Program Advisory Committee Members

KenBarraV.P. OperationsAdvanced Research Medical
DeslynBayntonMechanical Engineer, Operations LeadershipAndersen Corporation
ChrisBendelSTEMM College Assoc. DeanUW-Stout
Devin BergAssociate ProfessorUW-Stout 
Glenn BushendorfSenior LecturerUW-Stout 
PaulCraigInstrumentation InnovatorUW-Stout
David DingDirector, School of EngineeringUW-Stout
JasonEcclesOperations ManagerBending Branches LLC
JeffEsselmanDirector of Quality AssuranceInnovia Medical
LoganFogeltanzAdv Mfg EngineerAccessories Value Engineering
DanielFreedmanDean, College of STEMMUW-Stout
Christian GausmanDirector of EngineeringOEM Fabricators, Inc.
AbhimanyuGhoshAssistant ProfessorUW-Stout 
OaiHa Assistant ProfessorUW-Stout 
RickKirscherVice President, EngineeringCPC
KevinLarsonManufacturing EngineerDCA Manufacturing
DaveLeissesGeneral ManagerJF Ahern
ChrisLuebkeSenior Quality EngineerAdvanced Molding Technologies  
MartyMathewsVice President - TechnologyAirPro Fan & Blower Company
StevenPaxEngineering ManagerSCT Manufacturing
AnthonyPlechacekMechanical Engineering StudentUW-Stout
LauraReimerValue Analysis Productivity EngineerTrane Technologies
JeffRichmondAssistant General Plant ManagerMidwest Manufacturing
PeterRogers Xcel Energy
AnneSchmitzAssistant ProfessorUW-Stout 
GeorgeSinghDevelopment EngineerTrane Technologies
VivekSinghalAssistant ProfessorUW-Stout
TaylorSmithProduct Development EngineerGreenheck Fan Corporation
Nathan SpikeAssistant ProfessorEngineering & Technology Dept
RonThomasSenior Management EngineerStout Technology Transfer Institute
ToddTreichelProgram Manager and Business DevelopmentSierra Nevada Corporation
AbhishekVermaAssistant ProfessorUW-Stout
VincentWheelerAssistant Professor, Program DirectorUW-Stout 

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