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What will I learn?

From aerospace to manufacturing and aviation to acoustics, a degree in Mechanical Engineering can prepare you for an exciting career in a variety of industries. Examples of products and processes developed by mechanical engineers include engines and control systems for automobiles and aircraft, electric power generation, lifesaving medical devices, robots, and high-tech consumer products such as low-energy lighting, HVAC, refrigeration, and household appliances. Mechanical engineers use mathematics, computers, sophisticated modeling and analysis to solve problems associated with energy usage, propulsion, power generation, sound and vibration, machinery design, and manufacturing. In short, mechanical engineers play a part in designing and building the mechanical devices and systems that are essential to our everyday lives.


Build Your Future

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers ABET-accredited undergraduate programs on two campuses, the main Lexington campus and the Paducah extended campus. The Department of Mechanical Engineering prepares students for financially lucrative, high-demand professions or for furthering their education through acceptance to prominent graduate schools. Through a challenging curriculum of undergraduate study, collaboration with renowned businesses and technology centers and research options within the college’s centers and consortia, UK delivers an education designed to produce proficient, marketable graduates adept at meeting today’s engineering needs.

Career opportunities in Mechanical Engineering





Industrial equipment design

Consulting firms

Government agencies

Energy and environmental solutions

Career Prospects in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers work in a wide variety of industries: aerospace, automobile, manufacturing, industrial equipment design, consulting firms, and government agencies. Examples of job placement for our graduates include: GE Appliances, GE Aviation, Cummins, Toyota, Lexmark, Trane, Link-Belt, Belcan, NASA, and many more.

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$31,600.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected August 2023


College of Engineering

351 Ralph G. Anderson Building,



40506, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students Human Health Sciences students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and have a C or higher in all courses required for the degree in order to graduate.

For international students

Freshman Admission: Applicants who have not attended a college or university upon completion of secondary school AND who have met all requirements, including English proficiency, as noted below. Conditional Admission: Applicants who meet UK’s academic requirements for admission but do not meet the minimum language proficiency requirement or the departmental specific requirements (such as certain SAT/ACT math scores for Engineering and Nursing). Students who are offered conditional admission because of English may either resubmit a higher TOEFL/IELTS score or enroll in UK's Center for English as a Second Language program.

Automatic admission to the College of Engineering will be based on meeting the below requirements. However, if you cannot take or choose not to submit ACT or SAT scores with your admission application, a holistic review will be used to determine your admission to the engineering program.

Students may directly enroll as pre-engineering students; however, there are minimum admission requirements. Minimum freshman entry requirements are an ACT math score of 25 or higher (or a SAT math score of 590 or higher) and a 3.0 or higher unweighted high school GPA.

English proficiency Scores: TOEFL: 71 iBT; IELTS: 6.0; Duolingo: 95.

Application Deadlines: December 1 for Fall semester (August start).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky is ranked among the top 100 public research universities, offering multiple programs ranked in the top 25 in the U.S.

  • World-class teaching and research faculty
  • Over USD 146 million in scholarships awarded
  • Top 15 U.S. ‘Diversity Champion colleges and universities’
  • Services & support teams catering to international students

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