The College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU Boulder is one of the top-ranked engineering schools in the nation.

U.S. News & World Report ranks the mechanical engineering undergraduate program 16th among public universities.

A mechanical engineering degree prepares you for a career in a variety of fields including design, research, and manufacturing. Our mechanical engineering graduates work in:

  • Aerospace businesses
  • Bioengineering and biomedical devices
  • Design and consulting firms
  • Manufacturing and plant operations
  • Power generation
  • Alternative energy and conservation
  • Automobile companies
  • Petroleum
  • Transportation

Your degree will have strong earning potential. The average starting salary for new CU Boulder mechanical engineering graduates is $52,782, with a median salary of $63,000, according to our most recent survey of new alumni (2015). After three years, alumni report earning an average of $73,000.

Recent employers of CU Boulder mechanical engineering graduates include:

  • Lockheed Martin
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Ball Aerospace & Technologies
  • Goodyear Tire
  • Honda
  • ABSL Space Products
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • National Institute for Standards and Technology

Our undergraduate curriculum consists of 128 credit hours and offers you the ability to specialize. While pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, you have the option to additionally seek a subspecialty in Biomedical Engineering or Environmental Engineering. The College of Engineering and Applied Science also has numerous minors and certificate programs targeted to engineering students.

Enrolled students can also extend their undergraduate education into a Bachelor’s–Accelerated Master’s (BAM) degree program. Students usually make the decision during their junior year. The BAM program gives you the chance to earn a master’s degree more quickly than you otherwise could. 

Interested in transferring to the Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering at CU Boulder? You are considered a transfer student if you have been enrolled at another college or university since graduating from high school. The exact steps to transfer vary depending on whether you’re coming from a community college, other Colorado university, or from a university outside the state. You can find full information from the College of Engineering Student Transfer page.