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Mechanical Engineering

Overview

Every time you drive a car, fly on an airplane, use a tool or turn up the heat or air conditioning in your home, it's thanks to the work of a mechanical engineer. Your degree in mechanical engineering from Hofstra University will open the door to careers in hundreds of industries — everything from the design and building of engines, HVAC systems and industrial equipment and machinery, to building and testing aircraft, weapons, robotics and more.

As a mechanical engineering student, you will learn to apply principles of engineering, physics, mathematics, and materials science to create the devices and mechanical systems that keep our world humming. Our program is designed to help you find your niche in the broad field of mechanical engineering and put you on track for a lifetime career with tremendous potential.

Hofstra's mechanical engineering students earn their BS in Mechanical Engineering, with some eventually electing to concentrate on aerospace engineering. What's more, mechanical engineers often find that their skills are easily transferred to new sectors as their interests or circumstances change, giving them significant career flexibility.

The job outlook for mechanical engineering graduates is strong. Job growth in the region is expected to rise by a little more than 11 percent by 2026, and the average annual salary for mechanical engineering bachelor degree recipients is $76,752, according to New York area labor market data retrieved in July 2018 by Burning Glass Technologies.

As part of the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science (ranked #35 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for engineering programs that do not offer a doctoral degree), mechanical engineering students take advantage of an extraordinary array of sophisticated laboratory facilities. These include the Materials Analysis Lab, Thermodynamics Lab, Mechatronics Lab, Aerodynamics & Transport Phenomena Lab, Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Lab, and 13 other engineering and computer science laboratories.

We also strongly encourage you to test the skills you learn with experience solving real workplace challenges. Our co-op education and internship programs have placed hundreds of Hofstra students in businesses and institutions throughout the New York Metro area and beyond, affording unparalleled insight into the day-to-day work of a professional mechanical engineer.

Hofstra is also deeply committed to fostering a welcoming, collaborative environment where men and women from all backgrounds and cultures receive the kind of support and mentorship they need to prepare themselves to become industry leaders and innovators.

We keep our class sizes small -our average class size is 20 students. We don't use teaching assistants: every class is taught by faculty members who are knowledgeable, accessible, and truly enjoy training the next generation of mechanical engineers. Many of our adjunct faculty members are also practicing engineers, ready and willing to share their insights about the working world. The Engineering Department also has a thriving Advisory Board made up of high-ranking professionals from a broad range of industries and engineering occupations. Along with numerous guest speakers, our Advisory Board members frequently meet with our students to provide essential guidance and unique perspectives on what makes a successful engineer.

Curriculum

Students in the BS in Mechanical Engineering program can work toward a general career in mechanical engineering or concentrate on aerospace engineering. Regardless, like every engineering major, your first year will focus primarily on core studies in universal engineering theories, mathematics and the physical sciences.  In our Mechanical Engineering program you will go on to take courses more directly related to the field, covering such disciplines as mechanical statics and dynamics, engineering materials, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and more. Your last two years will include deep dives into ever more complex areas of mechanical engineering, with such required and/or elective classes as:  

  • Modeling, Analysis and Control of Dynamic Systems
  • Mechanical Analysis and Design
  • Design of Multidisciplinary Engineering Systems
  • Thermal and Fluid Systems Design
  • Incompressible and Compressible Fluid Flow
  • Mechatronic System Design

Up-to-date information about required classes and more is available in the Hofstra Bulletin.

BS in Mechanical Engineering

Students concentrating in aerospace engineering will focus much of their last two years on such related courses as:

  • Propulsion
  • Aircraft Performance
  • Aircraft Design
  • Aerodynamics
  • Aircraft Stability

In addition, we encourage all of our students to understand the role of engineers in society at large through such courses as Designing the Human-Made World, Technology and Society, and Technology and Human Values.  

Hofstra also offers a minor in engineering and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management.

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Mechanical Engineering students at Hofstra  are well-prepared to compete both for high-paying jobs and admissions to prestigious advanced degree programs.

Recent graduates of Hofstra's electrical engineering program are actively employed in a variety of settings, including:

  • Armistead Mechanical, Inc.
  • Con Edison
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Dynamics Electric Boat
  • Leviton Manufacturing
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard
  • NYC Buildings Department
  • Plaza Construction
  • Skanska USA
  • Vachris Engineering

In addition to Hofstra, several engineering graduates have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in prestigious universities such as:

  • Columbia University
  • Stanford University
  • NYU
  • Princeton University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Cornell University
  • University of Pittsburgh
100% are employed, grad school or both
100% accept a position within six months
$58K median salary
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Hands-On Learning

Student in Class

In today's workplace, job candidates with practical professional experience have a distinct advantage. That's why Hofstra's Mechanical Engineering program places such a strong emphasis on participation in co-op and internship programs — because our top goal is to make you job-ready.

The robust DeMatteis Co-op Program places students in paid, full-time professional positions at one of more than 150 corporate partners throughout the U.S.  Seven in ten of our engineering students also do one or more internships at businesses and institutions within the New York Metro area while continuing their regular course work.  These experiences help you build your professional network and make you a more attractive new hire in every setting where mechanical and aerospace engineers are employed. In fact, about 80 percent of students who have participated in the co-op program end up getting jobs with the same company.

Our students also have many opportunities to conduct research alongside faculty, including the Advanced Summer Program in Research. The ASPiRe program is a ten-week intensive for students interested in pursuing a research project related to their major, under the guidance of faculty peer mentors.

In addition to their coursework and work experiences, many engineering students share ideas and meet new people through such industry-oriented organizations as the Hofstra chapters of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers. You may also decide to join the local chapter of Theta Tau, America's oldest and largest co-ed professional engineering fraternity, further expanding your professional networks via a prestigious organization with a national reach.

Many of our students also compete - and have placed - in the annual Hofstra Digital Remedy Venture Challenge, an entrepreneurship competition that offers $75,000 in total prizes.

If you are longing to get your hands dirty (literally or figuratively) in a field with exceptional versatility and employability potential, Hofstra's Mechanical Engineering program is a great place to begin your journey.

Meet Dr. Saryn Goldberg

 
 

Dr. Goldberg, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, was inspired by her father, who was also an engineer. She is the faculty advisor for Hofstra's chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. In this video, she gives an overview of the Materials Analysis Lab.