Mechanical engineers are problem solvers who help industries tackle important challenges such as developing new power and autonomous systems and advanced composite materials, as well as new methods of enhancing productivity and quality in manufacturing.

What courses will you take?

A mechanical engineering student wearing safety goggles works with equipment in a UMass Lowell lab

The B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at UMass Lowell provides a solid science and engineering foundation in the fields of mechanics, fluid flow, heat transfer, energy, material science and dynamic systems. 

Our program emphasizes hands-on experience based in the design-build-test methodology, providing opportunities to build and test your theoretical designs. In addition, you will take relevant courses in the humanities and social sciences.

Accredited by ABET, the mechanical engineering program features award-winning researchers and dedicated academics committed to providing students with a high-quality, comprehensive education.

Want to switch into a major in the Mechanical Engineering Department from another UML department? View the requirements.

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  • Student Outcomes for the BSE degree in mechanical engineering at UMass Lowell are as follows. At graduation students should have: 

    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 
    8. an ability to integrate the use of modern computer-based engineering tools into engineering practice
    Program Educational Objectives are defined as the expected accomplishments of graduates of the program in the first few years after graduation. Graduates of the BSE Mechanical Engineering program at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell will be able to:
    1. Apply engineering fundamentals, experiments, and practical tools to solve complex engineering problems and develop creative solutions.
    2. Engage in successful careers to better society through ethical engineering practice, sustainable solutions, and entrepreneurship.
    3. Enhance their knowledge, skills, and abilities while growing in new directions through engineering practice and continuing education.
    4. Effectively communicate and contribute to interdisciplinary teams and their communities, both local and global.

Why study mechanical engineering at UMass Lowell?

Mechanical Engineering professor Chris-Niezrecki showing equipment to a female student

Research Opportunities

Our faculty excel in several primary research areas, including dynamic systems, thermofluid transport, and mechanics and materials.

Students can benefit from learning how to conduct research in one of our 11 faculty-run research labs focusing on energy and sustainability, defense and security, manufacturing and industry, and engineering education. UMass Lowell is also home to several renowned research centers that promote interdisciplinary collaborations in areas such as 3D printing, baseball research, wind energy, nanomanufacturing and robotics.

Mechanical Engineering major Qiana Curcuru standing in front of equipment at iRobot, where she co-oped. Image by Tory Wesnofske

Co-op Program

Our highly successful co-op program allows you to apply your engineering knowledge in the technical job market and develop skills necessary for success after graduation. Since 2010, more than 3,100 students have participated in co-ops at a wide variety of high-tech and industrial companies.


Fun Outside the Classroom

Put your learning into practice. Check out some of the fun ways UML students come together. 
A female student works with a baseball bat in the Mechanical Engineering bat lab.

Bachelor’s-to-Master's Program

Get on the fast track to an advanced degree with our combined B.S.E./M.S.E. program. 

  • Available to juniors and seniors with a grade point average of 3.000 or better
  • Offers a continuous, coordinated sequence of courses
  • Reduced credit-hour requirements can save you time and money

What can you do with a degree in mechanical engineering?

Our program produces successful mechanical engineers who have the skills and flexibility necessary to thrive in a variety of fields. UMass Lowell’s mechanical engineering graduates are in high demand, with 88 percent landing jobs or being accepted into graduate programs within six months of graduation. 

Mechanical engineering Ph.D. student, Siddharth Dev using unnamed equipment and a beaker that is glowing

Alumni of our program have worked at:

  • Apple
  • Bose Corp.
  • CNC Software Inc.
  • ECM Global Measurement Solutions
  • Ford
  • Gibson Engineering
  • Hutchinson Aerospace & Industry Inc.
  • KLEENLine Corp.
  • MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Metso Automation USA Inc.
  • Micron Products Inc.
  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
  • Shimadzu Scientific Instruments
  • UPS