Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.)

Mechanical Engineering

Ranked among the top in the nation for career return on investment, the mechanical engineering degree program at McNeese State University is the first choice for undergraduate students in Louisiana, Southeast Texas and across the country.

Program Highlights

Mechanical Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Program Highlights

McNeese’s Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering provides a well-rounded education that combines engineering, mathematics and applied science to examine contemporary issues and ideas with an emphasis on dynamics, materials, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, machinery, control, programming and design. In addition, our program explores specialty areas such as auto research, heating and cooling systems, automation and robotics, engineering computing, acoustics and vibration, alternative energies and nanotechnology.

Lead the future in a rapidly changing society

As a mechanical engineering major, you’ll learn how to integrate mechanical and thermal tools, sensors, controllers and devices to design, build, test and modify machines, from power sources to material-handling systems. For example, you could learn how to develop new designs and technology for medical devices, batteries and electric generators, steam and gas turbines or refrigeration and air-conditioning units.

At a Glance

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.)

Program Length: 4 years (128 credit hours)

Availability: in person

Program overview

Explore More for Mechanical Engineering Majors

As one of the best value mechanical engineering degrees in Louisiana and Southeast Texas, McNeese’s program is the first choice for hundreds of undergraduate students near and far. Here are just a few reasons why:

Financial Aid and Scholarships:

You may qualify for industry-supported, endowed scholarship specifically for mechanical engineering majors, such as the Vibration Institute Scholarship. Contact the Office of Financial Aid to find out more.

Industrial-Grade Facilities:

Featuring a model chemical plant, McNeese offers professionally designed labs that simulate the industrial environment. You can practice techniques using modern tools and equipment found in the field but on a smaller scale and in a safe, controlled environment.

Applied Learning:

With some of the biggest names in industry and business nearby, from NASA to Entergy, you can gain practical experience while earning your bachelor’s degree right here at McNeese. The mechanical engineering degree program offers a robust internship and co-op program to help connect you with opportunities in the field that could lead to full-time job offers after graduation.

Excellence With a Personal Touch:

Our full-time faculty members’ wealth of knowledge and professional experience enriches our undergraduate classes. Plus, McNeese’s small class sizes means that every student benefits from personalized attention from their professors.

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Careers and Opportunities

What Can You Do With a Mechanical Engineering Degree?

With a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, you can work in engineering services, research and development and manufacturing for a variety of industries. You could also continue your education to broaden your knowledge, gain experience, learn new technology or develop project management skills that will help you qualify for management jobs.

Graduate Schools or Programs

Potential Job Titles or Employers

  • Cheniere Energy
  • Citgo
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Firestone Polymers
  • Flowserve Corporation
  • Halliburton
  • Northrup Grumman
  • Packaging Corporation of America
  • Westlake Chemical

Senior Capstone Projects

Your senior project could make real-world impacts. Recently, McNeese engineering students collaborated on their senior capstone project to preserve and restore the historic Sabine Pass Lighthouse. Their plans were used by the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance to explore future possibilities for the lighthouse.

Undergraduate Research

Get hands-on research experience in the field through NASA’s LaACES atmospheric balloon launch. Every year, undergraduate teams from McNeese launch a helium-filled balloon to collect atmospheric data while also taking real time images, detecting energy cosmic rays and measuring the ozone concentration at various altitudes.

Student Activities

These are just a few of the opportunities you have to get involved on campus as a mechanical engineering major:

  • McNeese Engineering Society, a student chapter of the Louisiana Engineering Society
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Society of Women Engineers

Additional Details on the Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Program Criteria for Mechanical and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.

Engineering Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

Consistent with McNeese State University’s mission, mechanical engineering graduates will:

  • Practice engineering and to be successful in solving the engineering problems encountered in industry, government or private practice.
  • Possess the motivation and skills to advance into positions of increased responsibility and to pursue continuing education or graduate studies
  • Act as ethical and professional engineers, and also as responsible members of their communities and the larger society.

Engineering Student Learning Outcomes

At the time of completion of the engineering program, graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
  2. 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. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  4. Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
  5. Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives;
  6. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgement to draw conclusion; and
  7. Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
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Program Contact

Srinivasan Ambatipati – Department Head