Mechanical Engineering | Degree Requirements

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Program Overview

Fairfield’s four-year Bachelor of Science program in mechanical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, This engineering discipline has a very broad spectrum of applications in all aspects of modern technology. Students undertake studies in statics and dynamics, CAD, materials science, strength of materials, machine design, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and system dynamics. A team-based senior capstone design project completes the technical education.

The mechanical engineering curriculum is designed to focus on experiential learning. This is accomplished through the integration of synchronized laboratory experiences within the framework of theoretical coursework in the basic curriculum. Students participate in hands-on projects aimed at solving real-world problems in our well-equipped campus laboratories and computing facilities.

The program aims to prepare students for graduation by offering rigorous, theoretical coursework that complements Fairfield’s liberal arts education. Mechanical engineering students at Fairfield learn to:

  • Apply engineering knowledge to analyze energy and design mechanical systems.
  • Employ effective communication skills as a socially responsible collaborator and an ethical, professional leader.
  • Engage in lifelong learning by actively participating in professional societies, making contributions to the engineering field, and staying current on technological advances through formal and/or informal continuing education.

Fairfield's School of Engineering also has a Master of Science program that allows students to earn a combined BS/MS degree in mechanical engineering, in just one additional year.

Outcomes & Objectives

Program Educational Objectives:

Within a few years of graduation, alumni of the Mechanical Engineering Program are expected to:

  • PEO - 1: apply engineering science to analyze and design energy and mechanical systems.
  • PEO - 2: pursue engineering careers or advanced studies in mechanical engineering or related technical fields.
  • PEO - 3: employ effective communication skills as team members or team leaders in an ethical and professional manner with a sense of social responsibility.
  • PEO - 4: engage in lifelong learning by contributing to their chosen field, actively participating in professional societies and broadening their professional knowledge with formal and/or informal continuing education.

Student Outcomes:

  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 

Mechanical Engineering Enrollment
Enrollment Year First-Year Sophomore Junior Senior Degrees Awarded in May
2019–20 33 29 33 31 0
2018–19 27 29 29 33 34
2017–18 24 30 30 39 32
2016–17 26 31 35 27 20


For the Mechanical Engineering program's requirements and course descriptions, see the Undergraduate Catalog.

Five-Year BS/MS Program In Mechanical Engineering

This concentrated program prepares students for constantly evolving needs for innovation in engineering design and development, across all technological and economic sectors. Graduates of the program will be awarded a BS and an MS in Mechanical Engineering. The undergraduate degree, BSME, will maintain its ABET accreditation. Students follow the standard undergraduate curriculum for the first three years, and then complete the BS degree requirements during their fourth year while taking graduate courses. During the fifth year the students take an additional eight courses to complete their MS degree. Graduates of the program will have mastered the knowledge and tools they need to create the next generation of Mechanical Engineering solutions to technological and societal problems.

See the Mechanical Engineering Five-Year Dual Degree Bachelor and Master of Science Program requirements and course descriptions.


The School of Engineering faculty are a community of leading-edge scholars who are dedicated to their students, research, and teach with passion. If you have an interest in engineering — no matter the focus — our exceptional faculty will get you on the path to success.


There are two types of internships students can attain: internships for academic credit and non-credit internships. Internships for academic credit must be approved by faculty and are connected to an academic course. Some departments have lists of available for-credit internships and some may approve internships that you find on your own as well.

Life After Fairfield

The School of Engineering aims to graduate students with leading-edge engineering skills and additional competencies in oral and written communications and critical thinking who possess:

  • A well-developed cultural orientation
  • An understanding of economic values
  • A sense of ethical and social responsibility

Fairfield's engineering programs graduate liberally educated engineers equipped with knowledge and experiential skills so they may successfully enter the mainstream of industrial/manufacturing activity, education, or government service, or to continue with postgraduate studies. Our close interactions with industry enable employment of our graduates in all sectors of industry, government, and academe.

Learn more about how Fairfield's Office of Career Planning can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.

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