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Mechanical engineers are doers, thinkers, inventors and makers. If you like using math and science to change the world, consider the UWF mechanical engineering program, which combines a rigorous, modern curriculum with real-world projects and competitions.

Why Study Mechanical Engineering at UWF?

Employers look for engineers with real design experience, practical skills and the ability to communicate effectively. Our program sharpens these skills and puts you on the path to a rewarding career.

You will be part of student-driven teams that design and build real-world projects, ranging from finding solutions to global challenges to improving existing products; from participating in national competitions to working with local companies on critical designs. We call this the Enterprise Program.

We are ABET accredited, which assures that a program meets the profession's quality standards.

What You Will Learn

You will learn the practice of engineering. Mechanical engineers engage in a wide range of activities ranging from fundamental engineering science to the development of specific technologies and systems.

You will practice solving engineering problems, innovate and target global challenges in a teamwork environment. Our up-to-date curriculum integrates fundamental concepts learned through coursework and hands-on laboratories, with innovative techniques aimed at solving global challenges.

A minor in mechanical engineering will provide you with an opportunity to take a limited number of mechanical engineering courses to develop engineering skills to complement your major.

Careers & Outcomes

Mechanical engineers find employment in industries such as automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, defense, electric utilities, chemical and oil/gas. Mechanical engineers are in demand around the world and the field has excellent pay.

Job Titles

  • Automotive Engineer
  • Marine Engineer
  • Equipment Engineer
  • High-Pressure Engineer
  • Mechanical Design Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Pipeline Engineer
  • Power Engineer
  • Rotating Equipment Engineer



  • IS4S
  • Lockheed Martin
  • IHMC
  • Current Products Group
  • Air Force Research Laboratory
  • W3 Engineering
  • Ascend Performance Materials
  • Airbus

ABET Accreditation

The Mechanical Engineering program at UWF is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, ABET is the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology and is among the most respected accreditation organizations in the United States.

ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission

The objectives of the Mechanical Engineering program at the University of West Florida is to ensure that:

  • Graduates of the program will be successful in the professional practice of engineering or related fields and will advance in their chosen careers. 
  • Graduates of the program will be successful in pursuing advanced degrees in engineering or related fields.

Revised and Approved in Fall 2018

The faculty has adopted the engineering criteria for student outcomes, namely:

  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 apply principles of engineering, basic science, and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations) to model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems, components, or processes.
  9. An ability to work professionally in either thermal or mechanical systems.
Mechanical Engineering Enrollment and Degree Awarded Data
Academic YearEnrollment (Fall Semester)Degrees Awarded
2018-2019 326 26
2017-2018 272 14
2016-2017 153 0

Featured Courses

A sample of featured courses you will take in the Mechanical Engineering program.

Additional Information


Our state-of-the-art labs offer students hands-on learning experiences in the different disciplines of engineering:

  • Thermal Systems Lab
  • Engineering Materials Lab
  • Enterprise Design Lab
  • Mechanical Engineering Lab

Enterprise Program

The Enterprise Program is a series of required courses that create a design/build experience for Mechanical Engineering students. In Enterprise students work on a team to create a real product for industry or in a national competition.

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