Mechanical Engineering, B.S.

Mechanical Engineers specialize in the design and development of mechanical systems and structures, and have impact on nearly every invention we use today. Specialization areas include aerospace, energy conversion, product design and development, manufacturing and research. Mechanical engineers must have extensive knowledge of static and dynamic structures, materials science, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, calculus and physics. View our undergraduate catalog.

NYIT offers courses leading to the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the Old Westbury campus. This program was initially implemented at NYIT in 1982 and first accredited in 1986 by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202, phone: 410.347.7700, Students have the option of selecting a concentration of courses in aerospace engineering in the mechanical engineering option.

The primary objectives of the mechanical engineering curriculum (as written in the college catalog and on the department’s website) are to produce a versatile engineering graduate capable of growth within industry or prepared to pursue advanced studies. The objectives listed below reflect NYIT's overall mission: career-oriented education to prepare students for successful careers in an information-age society and applications-oriented research expanding the knowledge base of society and contributing to economic development of the region, state, and nation.

The important mission element to emphasize is the applied orientation of the college in general, and the engineering programs in particular. Emphasis is on the design/computer/applications components in the spectrum of mechanical engineering programs, and objectives are fulfilled by courses in the sciences, humanities and mechanical engineering, with increasing emphasis on design. Established sequences for students provide them with a broad education and the flexibility to allow some degree of depth in an area of interest.

Providing the curriculum's backbone are the sciences, mathematics and the basic levels of mechanical engineering courses, which constitute the fundamental knowledge base needed by students for an array of advanced courses. NYIT’s liberal arts and humanities core curriculum is designed to provide students with additional knowledge and skills related to job and graduate school success. It is concerned with the student as a citizen and community leader; to that end, it provides a broad perspective of history, philosophy, and literature. One of the major features of the core curriculum is an emphasis on learning through written, oral, and electronic presentations. These communication skills carry over effectively into advanced mechanical engineering courses.

For the mechanical engineering major, students take courses in both the thermal/fluids and solid mechanics tracks. In both stems of the curriculum, the sequence of courses has increasing emphasis on computer usage and design, requiring students to take 12 credits of designated design courses.

Design courses include a capstone course and electives, the latter chosen depending on a student’s interests. Design projects encompass engineering components using the skills developed throughout the curriculum, economic issues appropriate to the effective practice of engineering, and written language and oral communication skills.

Within this general direction and the mission and vision of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, program faculty, with input from stakeholders (employers, alumni, and industrial advisory board), have determined Program Educational Objectives. The Department of Mechanical Engineering aims to train versatile engineers who will:

  • Be successfully employed in engineering or their chosen career path;
  • Pursue graduate studies and/or continued education in their field; and
  • Function as responsible members of society through engagement in community or professional organizations.

To support these objectives, the curriculum has been developed to provide student outcomes that describe what degree candidates are expected to know and be able to do by the time they graduate. Upon graduation, students are expected to acquire an ability to:

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. Design and conduct experiments and analyze and interpret data.
  3. Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. Collaborate on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. Understand professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. Communicate effectively.
  8. Understand with broad education the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  9. Engage in and recognize the need for lifelong learning.
  10. Understand and know about contemporary issues.
  11. Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. 



  • Highly qualified faculty
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
  • Concentration available in aerospace engineering
  • Graduates qualified to sit for national Professional Engineers License Exam


Development of new technologies and increasing needs for efficiency in existing mechanical structures have created a strong demand for mechanical engineers. Your NYIT degree will prepare you for high-level positions in engineering firms, private companies or government agencies. You’ll also be prepared to start your own consulting business, or for advanced study in engineering or a related field.

B.S. Degrees Awarded in the ABET-Accredited Mechanical Engineering (ME) Program
Old Westbury Campus

Program 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013
B.S. M.E. 26 17 12 21


Student Enrollment in the ABET-Accredited B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (ME) Program
Old Westbury Campus

Program Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013
B.S. M.E. 149 172 167 188


Degrees Awarded in the ABET-Accredited Mechanical Engineering/Aerospace Option (ME/AERO) Program
Old Westbury Campus

Program 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013
B.S.M.E.AERO 12 09 11 8


Student Enrollment in the ABET-Accredited B.S. in Mechanical Engineering/Aerospace Option (ME/AERO) Program
Old Westbury Campus

Program Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013
B.S.M.E.AERO 38 46 33 38