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About Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers use principles of mechanics and energy to do research and to develop, design, manufacture, and test tools, machines, motors, engines and other mechanical devices. They work on power-producing machines and develop power-using machines. They also work in areas such as the medical field, patents and other legal activities, management, forensic engineering, environmental engineering, and engineering sales.

Where do KU Mechanical Engineers work?

Working as an M.E

Mechanical engineers use principles of mechanics and energy to do research and to develop, design, manufacture, and test tools, machines, motors, engines and other mechanical devices. They work on power-producing machines and develop power-using machines. They also work in areas such as the medical field, patents and other legal activities, management, forensic engineering, environmental engineering, and engineering sales.

What do they earn?

Information is available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Who recruits KU ME

  • 3M
  • Accenture
  • American Airlines
  • AT&T
  • Berry Plastics
  • Bibb & Assoc.
  • Boeing
  • Black & Veatch
  • BNSF
  • Burns & McDonnell
  • Carrier Corp.
  • Center for Disease Control
  • Cessna
  • Chevron
  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • Chrysler
  • Dell
  • DePuy
  • Dow Chemical
  • Delta Airlines
  • Engineered Air
  • Eveready
  • ExxonMobil
  • FBI
  • FDA
  • Ford
  • Garmin
  • General Motors
  • Grundfos
  • Hallmark
  • Harley-Davidson
  • Honda
  • Honeywell
  • IBM
  • J.E. Dunn
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Johnson Controls
  • L-3 Communications
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Kiewit
  • Marley Cooling Tower
  • Microsoft
  • NIST
  • NAVSEA
  • Nike
  • Nissan
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Peace Corps
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Raytheon
  • Sandia National Lab
  • Sauer-Danfoss
  • Schlumberger
  • Sprint
  • SSC San Diego
  • Stryker
  • Toyota
  • Tradewinds
  • Trinity Consultants
  • Turner Construction
  • U.S. Armed Forces
  • Westar Energy

Notable KU Mechanical Engineers

For KU's Mechanical Engineering alumni, just a small number of those are highlighted below, as our Distinguished Alumni, who've been recognized for their contributions to the profession and to their communities. Note the 'global-ness' of their endeavors and applications, as leaders in their areas of expertise and in organizations the world over. These outstanding people demonstrate that you can take a KU-ME degree and do literally whatever you choose to do in serving humankind and in preserving the earth and its environment.

    Famous Engineer

    Ben Rich

    "Father of Stealth"

    Famous Engineer

    Michael J. Massimino

    Astronaut

    Famous Engineer

    Bill Nye

    "The Science Guy", Executive Director of The Planetary Society and TV personality.

    Famous Engineer

    Willis Carrier

    Inventor of the modern air conditioning.

    Famous Engineer

    Ashton Lewis

    NASCAR Driver

    Famous Engineer

    Thomas Savery

    Inventor of the steam engine