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FAQ's About Mechanical Engineering

 

What is mechanical engineering?

Mechanical engineering represents a large diversity of pursuits including the analysis, design and testing of machines, products and systems essential to everyday life— from doorknobs, tennis rackets and fishing reels to power plants, skyscrapers, automobiles, airplanes and space shuttles.  Most of the objects you encounter and use in everyday life have come under the scrutiny of a mechanical engineer.

 

What do mechanical engineers do?

Mechanical engineers work in a variety of areas including aerospace, utilities, materials processing, transportation systems, manufacturing, health care, telecommunications, and oil and gas exploration.  As a mechanical engineer you could be involved in many phases of business from basic research and system design to quality control.  You could play an important role in developing the products people drive, play with, live in, and use.

 

Why should I study mechanical engineering?

Mechanical engineering is an exciting and challenging profession.  Because it draws on so many scientific and engineering disciplines, a degree in mechanical engineering will serve as a springboard into the engineering and technical job market.  In addition, such an educational background could pave the way to other career opportunities, including business, law and medicine.

 

Why study mechanical engineering at the University of New Haven?

In addition to the bachelor of science program in mechanical engineering, UNH also has six other ABET-accredited programs, which makes us unique among Connecticut’s institutions.

We've developed a new multidisciplinary curriculum in which students take part in an active learning environment that incorporates influences and ideas from all branches of engineering.

Our program provides flexible scheduling for part-time as well as full-time students.

Most importantly, faculty here at UNH understand what you need in order to compete successfully in the job market after college.  We are dedicated to providing and nurturing  fundamentally vital skills such as communication, critical thinking, and leadership.

 

Am I going to be taught by professors?

Absolutely. The great majority of classes are taught by full-time faculty. Some are taught by adjunct faculty who are practitioners of the subject they are teaching.  This is in marked contrast to what happens at larger schools where, for a year or two, many classes may be taught by graduate students, and an undergraduate student may rarely meet a professor on a one-on-one basis.

 

Am I just going to be another face in the crowd?

You will rarely find yourself in a class with more than twenty students. In other words, you will never feel lost in the crowd and you will always be able to interact with your fellow students and the instructor, both inside and outside the classroom. Our faculty is committed to being available to help you and to provide general and career advice.

 

I’m not sure whether mechanical engineering is the engineering field I want to commit to.  What should I do?

Don’t worry! Most of your coursework in the first one and a half years is common to all engineering disciplines (mechanical, electrical, chemical and civil). If you decide, for example, that electrical engineering is more appealing, you simply file a “change of major” form. Again, faculty members remain available to advise you and to help you make your decision.

 

Do you have an internship program?

We at UNH are dedicated to giving you a head start on the road to life after college.  We have an active internship program to provide you with opportunities to work in local industry while you are an undergraduate.  This will provide valuable experience and you’ll get paid! And there are more vacancies available for internships than students to fill them.

Many of our students have been hired by the companies where they were placed as interns.

Check out our internship program here.

 

Do UNH graduates get jobs?  What about salaries?

Our track record for placing graduates in the job market is excellent, and certainly better than many comparable institutions, both within and outside Connecticut.  Representatives of industry continue to assure us that the students we send their way make excellent "hands-on" engineers and that they are as good as, or better than, any they have seen, including graduates from larger research-oriented universities.

Average starting salaries for our graduates are at or above the national average, currently in the high $50Ks to low $60Ks. If you proceed with your degree in a timely fashion, there is a good chance that you’ll be earning well above the national standard within four years of graduating from high school.  Few other careers can make such a claim.

 

In what way is your Mechanical Engineering program different from others?

We offer small classes, individual attention, innovative multidisciplinary curriculum, flexible scheduling, and we are competitively priced compared to many other private engineering schools.