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Mechanical Engineering is the discipline that focuses on design of many types of machinery and equipment used in transportation, manufacturing, air and space transportation; consumer products; robots; biomedical devices; and energy conversion systems. Mechanical engineers use thermodynamics, heat transfer, dynamics, thermal and fluid mechanics, design software, engineering materials, and the principles of mathematics and science to develop solutions to problems. Students can achieve a level of specialization through elective courses in machine design or thermal systems.

A major goal of the program is to provide its graduates the analytical and practical skills needed to perform mechanical design in a variety of fields.

What You Can Earn

Mechanical Engineer I
$62,249 (in our region)

Transportation Engineer
$50,531 (in our region)

Source: HR Reported data from as of December 2012

What You Can Do

Postgraduate study in:

  • Aerospace
  • Biomedical

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Fundamentals of Machine Design
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Elements of Systems Design
  • Energy Systems Design

What You Can Learn

  • Design of conventional and alternative energy conversion systems
  • How to design, build, and test prototype engineering systems
  • Theory and practice in air conditioning including psychrometrics, load estimating, heating and cooling systems, and fluid design and controls

About the College

The Lyles College of Engineering is the only publicly supported engineering college in the San Joaquin Valley. The mission of the college includes developing each student's potential to the greatest extent possible, provide a quality engineering education to all students and to serve students from groups that historically have not participated in a university education.

Contact the College

Office of the Dean
2320 E. San Ramon Avenue MS/EE94
Fresno CA 93740-8030

(559) 278-2500
FAX: (559) 278-4475
Campus Mail Stop: M/S EE94

Office Location:
Room 124 in the Engineering East Building, on San Ramon east of Jackson Avenue.

Department Contact Information

Department of Mechanical Engineering
320 E. San Ramon Ave. M/S EE154
(559) 278- 2368
Fax (559) 278- 6759