Students with a passion for math and science often turn to careers in engineering to put their knowledge into practice. Since engineering provides so many opportunities and career paths, learning about the specifics of each type can help when trying to find the engineering major that best corresponds to interest. Here, we give the full scoop on one popular option, mechanical engineering.
The George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
Before enrolling in Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering (CoE), take preconceived notions about traditional classroom structure and turn them the opposite way -- literally. As part of the program’s commitment to outside-the-box thinking, many courses employ a “flipped” classroom. Students view lectures online beforehand and use class time for problem solving and direct interaction with the instructor. Similar examples of dedication to innovation and hands-on training abound, from research opportunities at one of CoE’s 150-plus interdisciplinary centers to the annual Capstone Design Expo in which teams of senior undergrads display and pitch inventions with real-world applications. A popular undergraduate option is the five-year co-op program, which alternates semesters of on-campus study with full-time paid employment related to the discipline. This hands-on experience pays off big time when grads go on the job market. The average starting salary for someone with a Georgia Tech BSME is $62,000.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus Atlanta, GA||34 : 1||36,302|
|University of Georgia Athens, GA||18 : 1||38,920|
|Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA||32 : 1||37,807|
|Mercer University Macon, GA||22 : 1||8,740|
|Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA||25 : 1||26,054|