Mechanical Engineering Brochure

Mechanical Engineering student working

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

  • Biomedical Engineering Minor





Students can get involved with Jayhawk Motorsports starting their first year on campus. The team designs, builds, and drives two racecars — one electric and one combustion-powered — 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 Mechanical Engineering Majors?

Becton Dickinson
Black & Veatch
Boston Scientific Corp.
Burns & McDonnell
Chevron Phillips Chemical
Ford Motor Company
Garmin International
General Motors
Johnson Controls
Koch Industries
Lockheed Martin
Raytheon Technologies
Savannah River Nuclear
Stinger Ghaffarian
The Spaceship Company
Sierra Nevada Corporation
Spirit AeroSystems

Where do they Work?

Aerospace industry
Alternative energy,
sustainability, and
conservation firms
Automotive industry
Biomedical device firms
Design, construction, and
consulting firms
Manufacturing and plant
Petroleum industry
Pharmaceutical companies
Power generation
Transportation industry

What are they paid?

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

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING: $65,294 - $72,800

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