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Mechanical Engineering Major

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Cullen College of Engineering

Degree Plan

Mechanical engineers research, design, develops, manufacture, and test tools, engines, machines, and other mechanical devices. Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Engineers in this discipline work on power-producing machines such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines. They also work on power-using machines such as refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, machine tools, material handling systems, elevators and escalators, industrial production equipment, and robots used in manufacturing. Mechanical engineers also design tools that other engineers need for their work. In addition, mechanical engineers work in manufacturing or agriculture production, maintenance, or technical sales; many become administrators or managers.

Admissions

Freshman Admissions

First, freshman applicants are required to meet general university freshman admission requirements .  In addition, you should also complete the following core courses.

Required High School Courses Unit/Credits
English 4
Social Studies 3
Chemistry
Physics 1
Mechanical Drawing (in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade)* 1
Mathematics (including 2 units/credits in algebra, 1 in geometry, and 1/2 in either  elementary analysis or analytical geometry) 4

And obtain the following standardized test scores. 

Rank in Class Minimum Test Scores
SAT I Total and SAT Critical Reading or ACT Composite and ACT English
Top 10 % 970 and 480 22 and 19
I Quarter 970 and 480 22 and 19
II Quarter 1050 and 480 24 and 19
III Quarter 1180 and 480 26 and 19
IV Quarter Not Admissible

Transfer Admissions

First, applicants are required to meet general university transfer admissions requirements . In addition, applicants who have finished 15 semester hours or more need a 2.50 GPA for all college courses taken as well as a 2.50 GPA on all college-level mathematics, chemistry, physics, English, and engineering courses. Applicants should also attempt one college-level math course and at least one physics or chemistry course.  International Student applicants need a TOEFL score of 550 on the written examination, 213 on the computerized test, or 79-80 on the internet based test, unless they meet the terms of the exemption .

Careers

UH Mechanical Engineering Alumni have received offers as Unit Maintenance Engineers, Engineering Instructors, Plant Engineers, Design Engineers, Completions Engineers, Application Engineers, Project Managers, Mechanical Engineers, etc. More information regarding job titles, salary information of Cougar Alumni as well as national salary information can be found at Cougar Careers . For assistance in career planning and development, please visit University Career Services .

Contact Information

Department of Mechanical Engineers
E207 Engineering Building 1
Houston, TX 77204-4006
Phone: 713-743-4500

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