The mechanical engineering program is designed to prepare students for employment in research, development, design and production in industry or government, as well as to assure a high level of preparation for those students who continue to advance their studies. You Will Learn Mechanical engineering is the second-largest, broadest and one of the oldest engineering disciplines. Students in the mechanical engineering program need to be creative and inquisitive, yet analytical and detail oriented. The program is a great fit for anyone interested in researching, designing and developing new mechanical systems. Seniors have the opportunity to specialize in energy, fluid or thermal systems; or mechanics, structures and machine design. Students work with their advisors to develop an individual course of study. A five-year cooperative professional practice program is also available for which the student must meet the same course requirements as a four-year student. Additionally, a total of four work sessions in the industry are included.