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Mechanical and Energy Engineering


Your Future in Mechanical and Energy Engineering

Are you a creative, inquisitive, analytical and detail-oriented person? Are you fascinated by how machines work? Are you interested in baseline and renewable energy? Then you should pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical and Energy Engineering at the University of North Texas. This degree prepares you for a career in:

  • Energy (oil, gas and nuclear) production and distribution
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning
  • Building energy efficiency
  • Manufacturing and product design
  • Renewable energy
  • Vibration and control
  • Energy management and conservation
  • Advanced materials design
  • Nanotechnology

What we offer

Our innovative curriculum combines the fundamentals of mechanical engineering with broad specializations related to energy, manufacturing and design. The degree program is accredited by ABET (415 N. Charles St.; Baltimore, Md. 21201; telephone 410-347- 7700). This distinction means it meets or exceeds high standards of excellence in education.

We support top-ranked research laboratories that offer abundant possibilities for study and research. Working closely with faculty members, you may investigate new technologies for:

  • Conventional and alternative energy sources
  • Energy efficient engineering devices, equipment and building systems
  • Advanced structural materials
  • Computational heat transfer and fluid flow
  • Dynamical systems, vibrations and controls
  • Advanced manufacturing systems
  • Sensors and actuators
  • Biomaterials and biomedical technology
  • Polymer nanocomposites
  • Nanotechnology
  • Resiliency and sustainability

The department operates the Zero Energy Research Laboratory, a unique facility where students and researchers study the next generations of sustainable and renewable energy technologies. Itís the only facility of its kind in the state. The department also operates the:

  • Undergraduate Teaching Lab
  • Senior Design Workshop
  • Computer-Aided Design and Analysis Lab
  • Thermal Fluid Science Lab
  • Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Lab
  • Composite Materials and Processing Lab

The North Texas Ambient Energy Monitoring Station is the only weather station in the nation operated by an energy engineering department. This provides you an exclusive opportunity to use weather data in your research.

A Residents Engaged in Academic Living Community (REAL Community) brings together engineering students who live on campus to enhance academic and social experiences.

Located 4.5 miles north of the main campus and serviced by a free shuttle, Discovery Park houses the College of Engineering and the mechanical and energy engineering department. The 300-acre research facility pulls together academic laboratories, offices and classrooms to maximize the potential for creativity, collaboration and technology innovation.

Our students prepare for engineering careers that solve societal problems, advance technology and improve the quality of life for people everywhere.

What to expect

During your first year of study, youíll take preparatory courses in mathematics and the basic sciences, including physics, computer science and chemistry. Your required engineering courses will focus on areas such as:

  • Dynamics, design and controls
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Thermal science, fluid flow and energy
  • Computational analysis
  • Environmental impact of energy production and use

As you progress toward your degree, youíll choose from a variety of technical electives that provide an in-depth knowledge of a specific engineering subject. As a senior, youíll complete the departmentís unique senior design program. The program allows you to design a project that solves a real-world issue.

Our cutting-edge lab facilities and rich undergraduate research opportunities in alternative energy, nanotechnologies, advanced materials, biomedical and sustainability will enrich your academic experience and enhance your career readiness.

The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at ApplyTexas.org by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.