Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest and most versatile of the engineering professionals. Students in undergraduate study in ME have abundant career opportunities, even if they choose not to pursue advanced degrees. With our emphasis on human-centered design as well as the multidisciplinary nature of the curriculum and the university-wide initiative on sustainability, Wayne State's ME program prepares graduates for changing industry needs. 


The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in mechanical engineering at Wayne State University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

Enrollment and graduation statistics

Year (fall semester) Enrollment Degrees awarded
2022 317 69
2021 342 114
2020 403 84
2019 412 83
2018 428 76

Enrollment data reflect the total number of students in BSME pre-professional and professional engineering programs. Detailed information on enrollment and graduation pertaining to the ME professional engineering program can be obtained through the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).


The vision is to elevate the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at Wayne State University (WSU) from its current solid foundation as a critical part of a Tier 1 Urban Research University, and thereby develop exceptional engineers with real-world problem solving capabilities for the general good of society.


The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Wayne State University is to provide leading edge mechanical engineering educational programs to a diversity of students from varying backgrounds and ethnic origin, producing high-quality engineers with broad learning, marketable skills, and career opportunities. Develop and conduct state-of-the-art research for the advancement of technical applications that contribute to the general positive value-added of society. Perform outreach to the community to perform the activities of a top urban research university.

Program educational objectives

The objectives of the undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) at Wayne State University are to provide the education and training that will enable its graduates to:

  1. successfully pursue intermediate level engineering positions or advanced degrees;
  2. demonstrate technical competency in applying broad, fundamental-based knowledge and up-to-date skills to perform professional work in mechanical engineering related disciplines;
  3. demonstrate competency in applying comprehensive design methodology pertaining to mechanical engineering, incorporating the use of the economic, environmental sustainability and social impact of design;
  4. engage in professional societies, and to always apply best practices in professional ethics;
  5. be committed to life-long learning activities through self-reliance, creativity and leadership;

Student outcomes

The main objective of our undergraduate program is to provide an outstanding curriculum and learning environment, so that, following completion of our undergraduate program, BSME graduates will have abilities to:

  1. identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. 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. communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. 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. function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

High placement rate

According to a recent survey, a high percentage of those who earn bachelor's degrees secure a full-time job within one year of graduating in research and development roles as consultants, hardware engineers, research assistants, mechanical engineers and manufacturing engineers. Companies such as General Motors, Ford, Boeing, GE and Motorola employ Wayne State graduates. Many alumni further their education with graduate studies.