Mechanical engineering is perhaps the broadest of the engineering disciplines with students working in a wide range of technical areas. These include acoustics, biomechanics, computer aided design and analysis, controls, energy conversion and management, mechanical design, mechatronics, and propulsion, among many others. Several courses in nuclear engineering have been added in the mechanical engineering program in recent years. The curriculum provides a strong fundamental background in the engineering sciences as well as mathematics, statistics, thermal-fluid engineering, vibrations and controls, and mechanical design. This background is strengthened with instructional laboratories and design courses. Graduates are prepared for professional engineering careers or graduate study.
Mechanical Engineering is a part of the College of Engineering. Majors in this college may share high school preparation requirements as well as common coursework at Virginia Tech.