Colorado Mesa University and the University of Colorado Boulder offer a partnership program that delivers a baccalaureate mechanical engineering program in its entirety in Grand Junction, Colorado. The first two years of the program are taught by CMU faculty and the second two years of the program are taught by CU-Boulder faculty who live permanently in Grand Junction.
The partnership program objective is to prepare graduates so that within three years of graduation they have begun to generate new knowledge that benefits society, either by establishing themselves in a career path and/or by obtaining a graduate degree. The program gives students a rigorous background in mechanical engineering and prepares them for a wide range of careers in aerospace, biotechnology, the automotive industry, computers and more. Mechanical engineers are often referred to as the general practitioners of the engineering profession, and they work in nearly every area of technology using general concepts of design and manufacturing, fluid and solid mechanics and thermal and materials science.
Students of the program engage in hands-on design projects as early as their freshman year, and culminate the degree with senior design projects. The partnership program offers the option of small class sizes and close contact with faculty while still delivering an engineering program that rivals those found on the CU-Boulder campus. Upon graduation, students receive a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. The partnership program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.