According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of mechanical engineers is projected to grow five percent nationwide from 2014 to 2024. Mechanical engineering careers provide great flexibility: The skills and techniques acquired while studying mechanical engineering at King's are transferable to a wide range of industries and job specializations, including industrial, biomedical, mechatronic and automated manufacturing, aerospace and systems engineering. Major industries employing mechanical engineers include mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction; power and communication infrastructure; manufacturing, particularly metals and fabricated metal products; machinery manufacturing; and transportation equipment manufacturing. The program will place an emphasis on mechanical design, as well as manufacturing systems and process control, utilizing state of the art simulation software and manufacturing system models.

Learning Goals for the Mechanical Engineering Program

The curriculum for the mechanical engineering program has been structured around the "Fundamentals of Engineering – Mechanical" exam, administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). This exam will serve as an assessment tool for the mechanical engineering major. The curriculum model for the Mechanical Engineering program includes the following competencies and topics:

  1. Mathematics
  2. Probability and Statistics
  3. Computational Tools
  4. Ethics and Professional Practice
  5. Engineering Economics
  6. Electricity and Magnetism
  7. Statics
  8. Dynamics, Kinematics and Vibrations
  9. Mechanics of Materials
  10. Material Properties and Processing
  11. Fluid Mechanics
  12. Thermodynamics
  13. Heat Transfer
  14. Measurements, Instruments and Controls
  15. Mechanical Design and Analysis