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Students who are on track to complete the prerequisites by the end of Summer 2021 are eligible to apply to UW Tacoma and the Mechanical Engineering major for an autumn start.

The priority ME deadline is July 1 and students may apply with prerequisites in progress. The application will remain open until the end of summer quarter or until the program fills. Please see the application page for details. 

Why Mechanical Engineering at UWT?

Do you want to play a critical role in interdisciplinary teams that develop and build new technologies for alternative energy and the environment, healthcare, electric cars, robotics, material science and nano-technology, and manufacturing? The new Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering & Technology is designed to equip students with the skills and experience to apply principles of engineering, basic science, and mathematics in order to model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems. Graduates will be prepared to work professionally in either thermal or mechanical systems or pursue graduate study.

The demand for mechanical engineers is very high at the national, state, and regional level. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts robust growth in the number of jobs for mechanical engineers (9% per year) in WA State and in the Tacoma area between 2016-2026. The mean wage for mechanical engineers in WA State is also very high at $93,070. 

The BSME program will admit students once per year in autumn quarter only. The first admission cycle will be for AUTUMN 2021 with the application opening in February 2021. The BSME program will seek ABET accreditation in the 2023-2024 review cycle, after graduating the first class of ME students. 

Explore the links on this page for information on applying to the major, courses and planning tools, scholarships, and additional resources for students. 

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The mission of Mechanical Engineering at UW Tacoma is to provide access to transformative engineering education in scientific principles, professional skills, and technical innovation to equip graduates who can collaborate to solve challenging problems and serve the community and society in an ethical and meaningful way.


It is expected that BSME students will graduate with the following:

  • Technical Competence
    • Apply principles of engineering, basic science, and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations).
    • Model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems, components or processes in thermal and mechanical systems.
  • Creativity and Innovation for solving real-world problems
    • Apply engineering design to solve societal problems in areas such as energy, water, health, and poverty.
    • Practice-based Engineering and Design
    • Use a systems perspective and codes & standards to design thermal and mechanical systems.
  • Professional Skills
    • Cultivate project management, inter-disciplinary teamwork, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills in the ethical practice of mechanical engineering.