Mechanical Engineering Brochure

Mechanical Engineering student working

Jayhawk Engineering graduates have been CEOs at Ford, Boeing Commercial Aircraft, Chrysler, Burns & McDonnell, and Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems


Whether it’s advanced materials, biomechanics, emerging transportation technologies, or a variety of other fields, mechanical engineers have a vast network 

of career opportunities available 

to them due to the remarkable versatility of this degree. From award-winning race cars and energy efficient vehicle development to advanced spinal implants and an easier path to recovery from knee surgery, mechanical engineering at KU offers a variety of opportunities, including robust offerings in bioengineering, energy and materials.

Mechanical Engineering Website

Mechanical Engineering race car

Majors Offered:

Mechanical Engineering





Students from any engineering discipline can get involved with Jayhawk Motorsports starting their first year on campus. The team designs, builds, and drives a 

combustion-powered racecar and competes in international competitions twice per year. Jayhawk Motorsports regularly places highly in national competitions, including two first-place overall finishes since 2012. 

Through mechanical engineering capstone design courses, undergraduate students work directly with engineers at sponsoring companies and perform hands-on work on these projects in the school’s world-class Student Projects Facility. Students gain valuable insight into the business world while making connections for life after graduation.

The Hill Engineering Research and Development Center houses the KU EcoHawks, a student research program that focuses on developing innovative, sustainable energy solutions for transportation and energy infrastructure. The 4,000-square-foot building was designed and built by KU architecture students and is packed with resource and energy conservation features,  including an array of solar panels that cover the roof. 

Mechanical Engineering student in lab

Who Hires KU Engineers

  • Becton Dickinson
  • Black & Veatch
  • Boeing
  • Bombardier 
  • Burns & McDonnell
  • Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
  • Depuy Synthes
  • ExxonMobil Corporation
  • Garmin International
  • Halliburton
  • Honda R&D Americas, Inc.
  • Honeywell
  • Johnson Controls
  • Kiewit
  • Koch Industries
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Medtronic
  • NASA
  • Pfizer
  • Schlumberger
  • Stinger Ghaffarian
  • Tesla
  • The Spaceship Company
  • Sierra Nevada Corporation
  • Spirit AeroSystems
  • Stryker
  • Zimmer Biomet
  • Aerospace industry
  • Automotive industry
  • Alternative energy, sustainability, and conservation firms
  • Biomedical device firms
  • Design, construction, and consulting firms
  • Manufacturing and plant operations
  • Petroleum industry
  • Transportation industry
  • Power generation

Bachelor’s degree candidates national average* starting salary range: 

$62,669 - $69,491

*Salaries from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)