WSU Tri-Cities

Mechanical Engineering


The Mechanical Engineering program provides a broad education in mechanical engineering that prepares our students for successful professional practice and advanced studies.


Mechanical engineering is concerned with the use and economic conversion of energy from natural sources into other useful energy to provide power, light, heat, cooling, and transportation. In addition, design and production of machines to lighten the burden of human work; the creative planning, development, and operation of systems for using energy, machines, and resources; and the processing of materials into useful products are key elements in mechanical engineering.

The school offers courses of study leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering.


The educational objectives of the undergraduate mechanical engineering program are as follows:

  • To ensure that our graduates have an understanding of fundamental mathematical and scientific principles and the ability to apply these principles to relevant engineering problems.
  • To ensure that our graduates have the technical knowledge, hands-on experience, and communication skills that will allow them to function successfully as members of technical teams.
  • To instill in our graduates an appreciation of the economic, social, environmental, and ethical impact of their professional activities and a desire for lifelong learning.

Why study Mechanical Engineering at WSU Tri-Cities?

WSU’s mechanical engineering program is ABET accredited — the most prestigious accreditation awarded to a mechanical engineering program. Accreditation assures that a program has met quality standards set by the profession. To employers, graduate schools, and licensure, certification, and registration boards, graduation from an accredited program signifies adequate preparation for entry into the profession.

  • The mechanical engineering professors at WSU Tri-Cities are leading researchers and top-notch educators who have close ties to industry, and real world experience in the fields in which they teach. They bring their experience and innovative vision into the classroom and help you learn how to use textbook concepts and practices in your mechanical engineering career.
  • Students interact directly with instructors, not teaching assistants. Small class sizes ensure meaningful faculty-student interaction.