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Mechanical Engineering

Saint Louis University's mechanical engineering program prepares you for a broad variety of career options that may include product development and manufacturing. Mechanical engineering students at SLU have access to state-of-the-art computer laboratories and advanced software in which they’ll practice product design, modeling, simulation and analysis.

Major in Mechanical Engineering

SLU's mechanical engineering program starts with a solid foundation in the fundamental engineering sciences and progresses toward mechanical engineering courses. You'll also have the chance to take technical electives in the broader areas of structures, thermal and fluids, and design.

You'll be trained in computer-aided manufacturing using a number of rapid prototype machines and a high-speed machining center. And the fluid, thermal, material, mechatronics and structural testing equipment at SLU's Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology will provide you with an excellent opportunity to integrate theory with real-world applications.

Two capstone design courses during your senior year provide greater depth in mechanical engineering, as you learn about the importance of design decisions not only on products but on society as a whole.

Mechanical engineering students at SLU have access to funded undergraduate and graduate research opportunities with faculty members of the department. Funded research grants from private industries and federal government research laboratories are also available for qualified students.

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Optional Double Major in Aerospace Engineering

Students enrolled in SLU’s mechanical engineering curriculum can obtain a second major in aerospace engineering by completing 25 additional credit hours.

Highlighted Courses
  • MENG 2300: Applied Thermodynamics
  • ESCI 3200: Fluid Dynamics
  • MENG 3010: Machine Design
  • MENG 3510: Material Science
  • MENG 4450: Principles of Mechatronics
Internships and Careers

Students who graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering from Saint Louis University are prepared to become professional mechanical engineers. Our graduates work at Boeing, Nooter/Eriksen, General Electric, General Dynamics and NASA, among other employers.


Parks College’s low faculty-to-student ratio allows our world-class faculty to inspire our students, feed their curiosity, awaken their minds and instill in them the joy of lifelong learning. Our staff members are also dedicated to student success — every student is known to the faculty and staff by name.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Admission Requirements

A cumulative 3.00 high school GPA is recommended for freshman applicants and 2.70 college GPA for transfer applicants.

We recommend an ACT composite score of 24 or higher (minimums of 22 in English, 24 in mathematics, 22 in reading comprehension and 22 in scientific reasoning), or a SAT composite score of 1160 and a SAT math sub score of 620. (If your SAT scores predate 2016, a SAT composite score of 1100 or higher with a SAT math sub score of 600 will be accepted.)

Fifteen total units of high school work are recommended: three or four units of English; four or more units of mathematics including algebra I and II, geometry and precalculus; three or four units of science including general science, introduction to physical science, earth science, biology, physics or chemistry; two or three units of social sciences including history, psychology or sociology; and three units of electives.

Objectives and Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives

The undergraduate program is designed to meet the following specific objectives in order to fulfill the departmental and institutional missions.

  1. To practice the principles of engineering in mechanical or allied organizations
  2. To pursue further learning in mechanical engineering or in allied disciplines
  3. To function as effective engineers with professional knowledge, skills, and values

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes are defined by ABET as the skills that graduates will attain at the time of graduation. Student outcomes are listed below:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6.  An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7.  An ability to communicate effectively
  8.  The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and social context
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. An ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

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Minor in Mechanical Engineering

SLU's minor in mechanical engineering is available for students enrolled in aviation science, mathematics, computer science, physics and electrical, civil, aerospace, computer and biomedical engineering undergraduate programs.

The requirements consist of at least 18 credits of coursework that includes “MENG 2000: Foundation to Engineering Design” and at least five mechanical engineering and engineering sciences courses at 2000-level or above. The grades in all mechanical engineering and engineering sciences courses must be C or better.

On-Campus Opportunities

Participate in Competitions

Mechanical engineering majors at SLU participate in national and international competitions and activities organized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, SAE International, NASA and RoboGames. You can also get involved with student chapters of ASME, SAE and the Society of Women Engineers. They can also take part in an interdisciplinary Monthly Innovation Challenge that offers cash prizes.