Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Engineering
Location(s): Main Campus; Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree Program

The Mechanical Engineering bachelor’s degree program at the University of Mary prepares students for career paths that focus on the design, construction, and use of tools, engines, and machines. Students in our School of Engineering learn by connecting with engineering companies, organizations, and agencies. Mary’s School of Engineering has relationships with over 50 companies, many of which offer paid internship opportunities available during the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters.

Our Mechanical Engineering program is integrated with Mary’s Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine core curriculum. You will be prepared for a life-long career as a mechanical engineer with the following educational objectives.

  • Mindful of ethical obligations and committed to community, service, and respect for persons.
  • A comprehension of engineering fundamentals and technology and the capabilities to apply in the professional world.
  • Innovativeness, adaptability, and continuous engagement and growth in the field.
  • Professional disciplines including time and project management, teamwork, and communication.

Mechanical Engineering Program Highlights

Students in the Mechanical Engineering program at the University of Mary have the opportunity to learn in classes of 20-25 students, which means faculty are able to know our students and serve as mentors. Throughout your studies, you will:

  1. Learn in State-of-the-Art Facilities

    Construction on our new School of Engineering building was completed in September 2020. This facility features a machine shop, student design center, design fundamentals labs, and multiple lab spaces dedicated to each major.

  2. Study Real-Life Application

    Students learn through hands-on projects and coursework. Classes are taught in labs, where you will study a combination of lab work, design projects, and real-word data.

  3. Create a Plan of Study that Works for You

    If you are a scholar-athlete, interested in a double major or minor, or would like to consider study abroad options, our faculty will work with you to create the best course of study for you and your plans.

Mechanical Engineering Majors Career Insights

The median annual wage for mechanical engineers was $87,370 in 2018. The employment for mechanical engineers in the next decade is projected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Mechanical Engineers, on the Internet at (visited March 03, 2020).

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Are the Engineering programs accredited?

The University of Mary is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission. Students graduating before and during the ​ABET accreditation process will obtain a retroactively accredited degree when the accreditation process is completed.


What does the accreditation mean for a student’s status for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE Exam) and becoming an Engineer In Training (EIT)?

Students can take the FE exam without attending an ABET-accredited university program. University of Mary graduates will obtain retroactively accredited degrees upon the school’s completion of the ABET process. This will occur within the five-year work experience window required prior to pursuing a Professional Engineering (PE) License.


What facilities and lab spaces are used in the School of Engineering?

The School of Engineering building ​was built in Summer 2020. This new facility features a machine shop, student design center, design fundamentals lab, and multiple lab spaces dedicated to each major. ​An extension housing additional lab space for upper-level Civil Engineering and Construction Management courses is under construction and will be completed in Summer 2022.


Are internship opportunities available to students?

The University of Mary’s School of Engineering has relationships with over 50 companies, agencies, and organizations with branches in Bismarck. Most of these companies have multiple paid internship opportunities available to students on a yearly basis. Faculty encourage students to pursue internships during the summer or part-time work during the Fall or Spring semesters.


Can I get an internship as an out-of-state student?

Many of the companies offering internships have multiple offices across North Dakota, the region, and the country. Students who’d like to work in Bismarck during the summer semester can live in residence halls on campus. Students who’d like to live at home during the summer can work with faculty to explore internship opportunities closer to home.


Is it possible to study abroad with the engineering curriculum?

A semester studying abroad is feasible with any engineering curriculum. We recommend you meet with your academic advisor to create an individualized plan of study for a semester abroad.


Is a double major or a minor degree feasible with the engineering curriculum?

Many students pursue minors or a double major in areas such as Mathematics, Music, Business, and Catholic Studies. This may not be recommended for all students; however, it is possible if a student is willing to add time to their degree plans or enroll in the summer semester. If you are planning to pursue multiple degrees, we encourage you to meet with your faculty advisor to plan your coursework.


Can I be a scholar-athlete and still complete a degree in engineering?

Yes, it is possible for scholar-athletes to study engineering. Football, softball, baseball, soccer, track, cross country, wrestling, and basketball athletes have studied in our School of Engineering. Some scholar-athletes choose to complete the program with a five-year plan to better accommodate practice and game schedules. If you are a scholar-athlete, we recommended that you meet with your academic advisor each semester to ensure progress towards degree completion.


What are typical class sizes?

With the exception of introductory-level courses, class sizes are capped at 20-25 students for engineering courses.


Does the curriculum feature labs/hands-on/design work?

Faculty include as much real-world and hands-on application into coursework as possible. Classes are taught in a laboratory setting, which allows free transfer between the fundamental theory and practical application. Students learn through a combination of lab work, design projects, and use of real-world data, such as case studies.


What if I do not know what area or major of Engineering I want to pursue?

Our Engineering programs are uniquely designed so that you don’t need to know what type of engineering degree to pursue prior to freshman year. All first year Engineering students take the same courses, giving students time to learn the differences between the different types of engineering, while making progress towards an engineering degree. Throughout the curriculum, students take courses and complete design projects alongside students pursuing different engineering degrees. This gives students experience working on interdisciplinary projects with people with other areas of expertise, just as they will in the workforce.


What makes the University of Mary School of  Engineering different from other engineering programs?

Our School of Engineering prepares engineers for the workplace. Graduates are professionally competent, and also have moral and ethical integrity. Students learn to integrate these qualities within themselves through a combination of our engineering curriculum, Liberal Arts Core curriculum, internships, student life, and extracurricular activities.