Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering, which has evolved over the years as new technologies have emerged, is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) prepares graduates to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development, testing, and manufacturing of machines, robots, tools, biomedical devices, power generating equipment such as steam and gas turbines, wind turbines, solar systems, internal combustion engines, and heating, cooling, and refrigeration equipment.

The BSME provides combined classroom and laboratory components and will prepare students to work for local, state, and federal governments; biomedical and aerospace fields; manufacturing sectors; consulting firms; transportation industry; and high tech and energy sectors. The program will also prepare students for further studies at the graduate level should they decide to do so.

The Mechanical Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Commission of ABET.



Mechanical Engineering Majors 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22
Number of Students 167 301 373 387
Graduation Numbers   10 29  

Program Educational Objectives

The mission of the mechanical engineering program at Utah Valley University (UVU) is to provide a strong mechanical engineering foundation with a hands-on component to prepare professionally competent mechanical engineers of integrity who serve the engineering needs of the region and the globally interdependent community. Within three to five years of graduation, alumni of the program are expected to have:

  • Demonstrated their ability to perform mechanical engineering analysis to solve problems and to communicate technical information effectively in an engineering or a professional team environment.
  • Advanced professionally by being given more responsibilities and/or have completed a graduate level degree.
  • Continued their professional development through workshops and/or have earned professional licensure.
  • Served in their professional organizations and/or local communities.

Student Outcomes

The B.S. in Mechanical Engineering program uses the following ABET Accreditation Student Outcomes 1 through 7:

  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.

Continuous Improvement

In order to continually improve the curriculum, the mechanical engineering program at Utah Valley University, in collaboration with students, faculty, graduates, advisory board and employers, uses various assessment tools to measure achievement of student outcomes and program objectives.

Will Mechanical Engineering meet the educational requirements for the professional credential in the state or US territory you might choose to live during or after completing your UVU degree? Visit the UVU Professional Licensure website to learn more!