Redefining the Classroom

Mechanical engineering is a broad program that prepares you for a rewarding career in mechanical and related engineering fields. Course work includes 71 hours in technical specialties, 34 hours in math and sciences and 25 hours in general education for a total of 130 hours in the bachelor of science degree. You will work with mechanical systems in the laboratories and receive an excellent mix of theory and application.

Why Students Choose LSSU

  • Emphasis is on preparing you to solve real-world engineering problems.
  • You will participate in multidisciplinary, industrial or research based senior engineering design projects which emphasize teamwork, communications, project management, customer relations and ethics.
  • You will learn numerous software packages for CAD, CAM, finite element analysis, programmable logic controllers, robots and technical analysis.
  • Cooperative education opportunities are available.

Education That Leads to Success!

The path to becoming a Mechanical Engineer is challenging, but very rewarding. It involves completing a four-year curriculum that is filled with challenging classes in mathematics, the physical sciences, and, of course, engineering. At LSSU we strive to equip our students and to provide a learning environment that maximizes success both in their studies and in their future careers.

Since a typical LSSU engineering class has about 15 students, you will have the chance to work closely with your instructors, all of whom are full-time faculty members, rather than graduate student assistants. The small class sizes also promote interaction in the lecture and the laboratory with other students and with your instructor.

Recognizing that learning comes through doing as well as listening, all LSSU engineering programs are designed to include a significant amount of engineering practice along the way. The core of the mechanical engineering curriculum, accordingly, contains 19 engineering courses, of which 11 contain a laboratory component. Additionally, and in contrast to most other ME degree programs, almost all technical elective courses also contain laboratory components. Some courses also include a term design or research project, providing further opportunity to learn through experience.

The emphasis in the curriculum is to provide a solid background in the core subject matter of the Mechanical Engineering discipline, including solid mechanics, thermal-fluids engineering, and controls, all of which find wide application across many industries and other fields of human endeavor. The curriculum, however, also provides the opportunity for specialized study in specific areas of student interest, by offering elective concentrations in Robotics & Automation and Vehicle Systems; alternatively, the student might mix and match elective courses by pursuing a generalist plan-of-study.

The Robotics and Automation concentration, almost unique at the undergraduate level, prepares students for rewarding careers in the burgeoning fields of industrial automation, service robots, and mobile robotics. This concentration integrates lab experiences, taking advantage of one of the best robotics lab facilities at any North American university, with modern equipment including vision systems, sensors and rotary index tables, using a variety of software and programmable logic controllers (PLCs). And the coursework component, besides the fundamentals of robotic engineering and control, provides a context for the role of robotics and automation in manufacturing and service fields.

The Vehicle Systems concentration focuses on the performance of surface vehicles of all sorts, whether on the road, terrain, rails, or even the sea, addressing such phenomena as handling, acceleration, ride, roll stability, pulling power, and noise and vibration. You'll analyze vehicle performance using analytical skills and simulation, test for it using modern instrumentation, sensors and a vehicle dynamometer, and design for it using a perspective on vehicle dynamics phenomena that draws on analogies between different modes of transport.

All LSSU engineering students participate in a senior project. Our senior projects span two semesters during the senior year and are usually sponsored by an industrial customer. A typical senior project team is comprised of four or five students having various engineering and engineering technology majors. The team works directly with their customer to complete the project. Skills such as leadership, team work, financial budgeting, project management, technical writing, presentations, and design reviews are just among the many soft skills that are honed through this experience. It prepares students for a future in either industry or academia.

Alumni Succeed

LSSU engineering alumni are successful and engaged in meaningful careers in Michigan, Ontario, and elsewhere both nationally and internationally. Recent graduates of the Mechanical Engineering program have worked for Tenaris Algoma Tubes, Essar Steel, the Ford Motor Company, Continental Automotive, Union Pacific and John Deere, to name a few, while others have gone on to pursue graduate degrees. More...



  • Vehicle Systems
  • Robotics and Automation
  • General

A minor in Mechanical Engineering is available for non-engineering students.

Program Objectives, Outcomes, and Enrollment Data

Starting out on the Right Foot!

Freshmen students get their first robotic experience with LEGO Mindstorms®.

Career Choices

Technical Areas

  • Aerodynamics
  • Biomedical
  • Energy Conversion
  • Heat Transfer
  • Materials and Structures
  • Noise and Vibration
  • Product Design
  • Robotics and Automation
  • Systems Design


  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Chemical
  • Consulting
  • Defense Contractors
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical
  • Nuclear Power
  • Renewable Energy
  • Transportation


The Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

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