Mechanical Engineering

  • GU Possibilities
    • Gannon University’s mechanical engineering graduates have a nearly 100-percent job placement rate and a 100-percent graduate school placement rate.
    • Gannon engineering graduates are offered nearly five times as many jobs as the average college graduate.
    • The engineering and computer science department, in cooperation with the University’s Dahlkemper School of Business, offers a special program leading qualified undergraduates to a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. This program is completed in five years of full-time study, including three summers.
    • Gannon mechanical engineering students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills through student organizations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

    You Will Learn

    Mechanical engineering is the second-largest, broadest and one of the oldest engineering disciplines. Students in the mechanical engineering program need to be creative and inquisitive, yet analytical and detail-oriented. The program is a great fit for anyone interested in researching, designing and developing new mechanical systems. Seniors have the opportunity to specialize in energy, fluid or thermal systems; or mechanics, structures and machine design. Students work with their advisors to develop an individual course of study. A five-year cooperative professional practice program is also available for which the student must meet the same course requirements as a four-year student. Additionally, a total of four work sessions in the industry are included.

    You Will Experience

    The mechanical engineering program provides excellent cooperative education and internship opportunities for students at locations such as:

    • Eriez Magnetics
    • FMC Technologies
    • GE Transportation
    • LORD Corporation
    • Zurn Industries

    You Will Achieve

    Mechanical engineers are employed in every industry where graduates might be involved in researching, designing and developing new mechanical systems. Such industries include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • aerospace product and parts manufacturing  
    • architectural engineering and related services  
    • engine, turbine and power transmission equipment manufacturing  
    • federal executive branch        
    • (OES designation)        
    • industrial machinery manufacturing  
    • material-handling systems  
    • navigational, measuring, electromedical and control instruments manufacturing  
    • railroad rolling stock manufacturing  
    • scientific research and development services  

    You will Study

    The mechanical engineering program is designed to prepare students for employment in research, development, design and production in industry or government, as well as to assure a high level of preparation for those students who continue to advance their studies. Mechanical engineering majors take various core and elective courses including:

    ME 207: Engineering Graphics

    This course is an introduction to the principles and applications of engineering graphics. Students learn drafting conventions and the concepts of engineering documentation, orthographic sketching and drawing, auxiliary views and cut sections. Students will become familiar with standard parts, such as threaded fasteners and dimensioning principles.

    ME 330: Manufacturing Lab

    The manufacturing processes laboratory provides students with the opportunity to study selected aspects of manufacturing processes. Students can set up and operate machines, manufacture simple parts (samples), measure process variables and inspect manufactured elements. The laboratory includes facilities to demonstrate and explore examples of machining processes and rapid prototyping.

    ME 466: Turbomachinery Design

    This course includes application of general principles of fluid mechanics to fluid machinery design. In this course, students study design principles of centrifugal and axial compressors, degree of reaction estimates, blade design, state performance calculations, axial flow turbines and design calculations of blade stresses, disc stresses and thermal stresses.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the field vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $60,900
    • Mid-career salary: $99,700

    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( and/or PayScale (