Degree: Bachelor of Science
Union College's nationally-ranked, ABET-accredited mechanical engineering program offers an exceptional engineering education within a liberal arts environment. Union also offers a 5-year combined B.S./M.S. in mechanical engineering with Clarkson University’s Capital Region Campus.
At Union, you will find an emphasis on close student-faculty interaction, hands-on laboratory experience and challenging design projects.
There are ample opportunities for disciplinary and interdisciplinary undergraduate research, and for participation in national collegiate design competitions.
Students build a strong core in engineering fundamentals, mathematics and basic science before progressing to more specialized areas of study.
Our mechanical engineering program also includes an international experience woven into the curriculum, as Union is committed to preparing students to practice their profession in the global engineering community of the 21st century.
Career possibilities for mechanical engineers are robust and almost limitless. Given the tremendous flexibility of this field, mechanical engineers work in a wide range of industry settings, including product design, research and development, manufacturing, systems management, alternative energy, robotics, health care, spacecraft design, transportation, and sports and recreation, to name just a few.
The many government agencies that hire mechanical engineers include the Department of Energy, NASA, the Patent and Trademark Office, and all branches of the military. A mechanical engineering education also serves as excellent preparation for graduate study and careers in business, law, consulting, teaching, and technical management.
This course provides a basic introduction to reciprocating Internal Combustion (IC) Engines. Idealized underlying thermodynamic cycles (Otto, Diesel, Miller, etc.) and the mechanisms used to produce them will be covered.
Analysis and design applicable to the use of solar energy for heating, cooling, and electric power generation. Solar geometry, solar collector positioning, energy storage, component and system design.
Students participating at the level of senior designer and/or system design lead on a departmentally approved engineering design competition team (e.g. SAE Aero, SAE Baja, ASME Human Powered Vehicle, Rocket Team).
For his senior project, Zibusiso Dhlamini '16 built a tensile stage that will be used to test materials under an optical microscope. Working completely from scratch, Zibussio designed and built the system, then wrote the code to operate it, analyze the data and display the results.
"After Union, I would love to design and build rockets and help push the boundaries of the space industry. Working with these faculty members has greatly inspired me. They are both such intelligent scientists, and they have encouraged me to pursue my dreams." -Madeleine Miller '18