Bachelor of Science

Mechanical Engineering Technology: Aeronautical

80 Credits
  • Build a solid foundation in the use of computers in math, science and the graphic arts with application to mechanical engineering
  • Build the critical thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills needed to be successful in aeronautics
  • Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET
Mechanical Engineering Lab

Mechanical Engineering Degrees of the Future

The bachelor of science in mechanical engineering was designed with the most current technology and industry research as its foundation with an aeronautical focus. This includes training in mechanical computer-aided engineering (such as computer-aided 3D interactive application), Patran Nastran, engineering analysis utilizing MATLAB and finite element analysis. Is this a career possibility that interests you? The skills learned in this program will help you succeed in engineering careers in a variety of fields, from domestic home appliances to aerospace and military systems.

The advanced control and communication systems courses of the mechanical engineering degree also includes training in mass media broadcast systems, digital home entertainment systems, smart cell phone and pervasive personal networks, intelligent robots, GPS satellites, active array radars and stealth aircraft or guided missiles. A mechanical engineering degree will prepare you for success in many fields. We are constantly updating our mechanical engineering courses and curriculum to adapt to the ever-changing industrial needs.

88% of Vaughn grads are employed or continue their education within one year.*
of Vaughn grads are employed or continue their education within one year.*
75% of Vaughn grads are employed in their field or continue their education within one year.*
of Vaughn grads are employed in their field or continue their education within one year.*
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The mechanical engineering degree with the aeronautical focus emphasizes both the fundamentals of aeronautical and systems and the multidisciplinary nature of this field. Vaughn’s mechanical engineering courses train students to use analytical procedures to solve specific problems and provide access to hands-on laboratory exercises. Students will gain skills to ultimately design the systems so they will perform the specific functions set by various project objectives.

The mechanical engineering degree requires students to take technical electives, which our department has expanded with the ever-changing demands of the field. Students have the freedom to concentrate in one of the following areas:

  • Advanced microelectronic circuits design
  • Power systems and machinery
  • DSP and avionics applications (radar, GPS, autopilot and more)
  • Electronic communication and network systems
  • Control systems (robotics and artificial intelligence)
  • Digital and computer systems (computer engineering)
  • Computer Aided Three-dimensional Interactive Application (CATIA)
  • Computer-aided Design
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Material Science and Composites
  • Strength of Materials
  • Thermodynamics
  • Capstone Degree Project


Vaughn graduates move on to have successful engineering careers. Throughout the program, students have the opportunity to pursue mechanical engineering internships, which in turn allows them to secure prestigious careers after graduation.

The average salary a mechanical engineer can earn is very attractive to many graduates who are looking to pursue a career and field with a positive job and salary outlook. Your mechanical engineering courses will help you prepare for a successful career in a high-demand field, with opportunities in a variety of industries.

Career Insights


  • Boeing Company
  • Chutes International Manufactoring
  • Cox & Co.
  • CPI Aerostructures
  • Cyient
  • Icon Engineering
  • RCM Technologies
  • SciMax Technologies, LLC
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
  • UTC Aerospace Systems


  • American Dynamics
  • Atlas Air
  • Disney College Program
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • FAA (Enterprise Data and Messaging Engineering Team)
  • FAA (Tech Center)
  • Federal Express
  • FlightSafety International
  • General Electric
  • International Business Machines (IBM)
  • Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
  • NASA
  • NASA (Marshall Space Flight Center)
  • Navair (Naval Air Systems Command)
  • NBC
  • NYU Engineering Summer Research
  • Rashid Petroleum Company
  • Sikorsky Helicopters
  • Textron Aviation
  • United Airlines
  • Venture Aerobearings
  • Watertown Airport


*Outcomes include data within one year of graduation for graduates who reported via survey. There were a total of 237 graduates in 2020. 178 reported an outcome for an 75% response rate. The 2020 graduate class includes September 2019, December 2019 and May 2020 graduates.