Resources are provided to help students stay on course to graduation. Information regarding course scheduling, advising requirements, faculty advisors, the competency exam, and when courses are taught are provided below.

Student Laptop Requirements

Students are expected to have their own laptops for use in several courses. The following page describes the hardware requirements students should consider when purchasing a laptop for an engineering education.

Student Laptops


Academic Catalog

Requirements for graduation with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering are found in the course catalog.


Recommended Course Sequence

Use the following flowcharts to assist you in planning your path to graduation.


Mechanical Engineering Faculty Mentors

Every student is assigned a faculty mentor to assist them in reaching their academic and career goals. Your faculty mentor can answer your questions and make recommendations regarding course sequencing and elective course selection, career options, preparing to enter the workforce, and applying to graduate schools. To find your faculty mentor, log on to your My BYU-Idaho account. They will be listed in the "Academic Summary" section.


Elective Course Availability

Elective mechanical engineering courses are rotated on a fixed schedule. See the mechanical engineering elective course schedule below.

Elective Schedule


See the current course catalog to determine which semesters elective courses taught by other programs are available.

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Academic Opportunities

Mechanical engineering Grants.

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Mechanical engineering graduate programs at regional universities.

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Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design Program

The purpose of the program is to provide a “capstone” type experience in which engineering students integrate the knowledge and skills they have obtained throughout their undergraduate curriculum to solve a real-world design problem.

Capstone Program


Professional Licensure

Mechanical engineering is a respected profession which is charged foremost with maintaining public safety. Like those in the law and medical professions, many mechanical engineers in positions of responsibility are required to be professionally licensed.

Professional licensure is regulated at the state level, and licensure requirements may vary from state to state.

To become professionally licensed, all states require a minimum level of education, typically a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from an ABET accredited school, several years of professional experience working with licensed professional engineers, and satisfactory completion of a standard 8-hour exam.


Engineer in training (EIT)

The fastest route to professional licensure is to become an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) upon graduating with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering. This is achieved by passing the national Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam during the final semester of one’s senior year and submitting an application to the state board of licensure. The BYU-Idaho mechanical engineering program encourages students to take the FE exam prior to graduation. Instructions on how to register for the FE exam can be found on the FE Exam page.

FE Exam


Professional engineer (PE)

To become a licensed professional engineer (PE), most states require four years of professional experience under the supervision of a licensed PE after becoming an EIT. Passage of the national PE exam and submittal of an application and fee to the state licensure board are also required. Attending graduate school may reduce the experience requirement. See state-specific rules for more information.


Profession Statistics

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics compiles data on the mechanical engineering profession including education requirements, average salary, job growth outlook, and other information.

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ABET Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.


Program Educational Objectives

  1. Demonstrate and maintain faith in God and exhibit high standards of personal integrity and professional ethics through lifelong service to family, church, profession, and community. [Service]
  2. Provide leadership in their chosen field of endeavor through the application of effective interpersonal, communication, and teamwork skills. [Leadership]
  3. Apply fundamental principles of design and analysis to develop innovative solutions in an industrial and societal context. [Design]
  4. Maintain currency in their field through continued learning and education. [Lifelong Learning]


Student Outcomes

  1. Apply knowledge of fundamental math, science, and engineering principles. [Fundamentals]
  2. Design and conduct experiments and analyze the resulting data. [Experiments]
  3. Design components, systems, or processes necessary to meet product specifications and design constraints. [Engineering Design]
  4. Function well within a multidisciplinary team. [Team Work]
  5. Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems. [Model and Solve]
  6. Maintain high ethical, moral, and professional standards. [Ethics]
  7. Communicate effectively in both oral and written format. [Communication]
  8. Understand the impact engineering has on the world.[Global Impact]
  9. Recognize the need for, and engage in life-long learning. [Continued Learning]
  10. Understand contemporary issues. [Contemporary Issues]
  11. Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. [Engineering Tools]

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