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Program Overview

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.

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ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) Accreditation

Fairfield University’s four-year Bachelor of Science program in mechanical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

Program Educational Objectives

The Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) are broad statements that describe what alumni do within a few years following graduation. The Mechanical Engineering Department is committed to graduating engineers who within a few years of their graduation are expected to:

  • Apply engineering science to analyze and design thermal and mechanical systems.
  • Pursue engineering careers or advanced studies in mechanical engineering or related technical fields.
  • Employ effective communication skills as team members or team leaders in an ethical and professional manner with a sense of social and global responsibility.
  • 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 Learning Outcomes

The Mechanical Engineering students will graduate from the program with the ability to perform and execute the following student outcomes:



Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.


Produce Solutions

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.



Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.



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.


Cooperate & Collaborate

Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.


Draw Conclusions

Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.


Apply Knowledge

Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Program Fall 2017 Enrollment 2017 Graduates Fall 2018 Enrollment 2018 Graduates Fall 2019 Enrollment 2019 Graduates Fall 2020 Enrollment 2020 Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 123 20 118 32 125 34 110 30

Requirements & Curriculum

The mechanical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (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 design project completes the technical education.

Required Courses

Major Requirements
Introduction to Electric Circuits and Electric Circuits Lab
Fundamentals of Programming
Engineering Graphics I
Mathematical Analysis
Senior Design Project I
Senior Design Project II
Engineering Statics
Kinematics and Dynamics
Mechanics Lab
Materials Science
Dynamics Systems Lab
Principles of Thermodynamics
Strength of Materials
Machine Design
Finite Element Analysis
Applications of Thermodynamics
Fluid Mechanics
Thermal and Fluids Lab
Engineering Systems Dynamics
Heat Transfer
Energy Transfer Lab
Five (5) Mechanical Engineering electives
Natural Science Requirements
General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Lab
Calculus I for Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics Majors
Calculus II for Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics Majors
Calculus III for Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics Majors
Ordinary Differential Equations
Partial Differential Equations
General Physics I and General Physics I Lab
General Physics II and General Physics II Lab

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Five-Year BS/MS Program In Mechanical Engineering

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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.

Check out the Course Catalog for the Mechanical Engineering Five-Year Dual Degree Bachelor and Master of Science Program requirements and course descriptions.

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Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

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Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

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As a Jesuit, Catholic university, Fairfield is dedicated to diversity and inclusion; to radical hospitality in service of racial, social, and economic justice.

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Life After Fairfield

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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.

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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.

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School of Engineering Update

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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.

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