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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering students apply scientific principles in the design and improvement of mechanical and energy/power systems. Students are challenged with design problems that provide opportunities for developing creativity in solving real-world problems. The Mechanical Engineering major provides a solid foundation for service as a Coast Guard Officer, professional engineering practice and further graduate study in the field.

  • Practical problem solving emphasizes Coast Guard applications
  • Program culminates with a hands-on capstone design project
  • The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Areas of Study

The Mechanical Engineering curriculum starts with a solid grounding in the engineering sciences and progresses toward mechanical engineering courses. Classes involve hands-on and real-world examples from industry and the Coast Guard fleet.

Course series include:

  • Thermodynamics
    Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Thermal Systems Design
  • Machine Design
    Mechanical Engineering Design, Mechanisms, Machine Design
  • Controls
    Electric Circuits and Machines, Controls, Mechatronics


Students have access to sophisticated equipment, including state-of-the-art MakerBot 2, Ultimaker and other 3D printers; computer numerical control (CNC) machine; and laser cutter. Standard mechanical shop tools include: lathes, drill presses, belt sanders, grinders and more.

Facts and Figures
90% Exam SVGof seniors in Mechanical Engineering who took the Fundamentals of Engineering professional exam passed on the first try
>35 Internships SVGMore than 35 cadets and faculty, from all Academy STEM majors, have participated in the National Labs and/or Sandia Laboratories summer internship
1/2/3 Scholar SVGAlumni in the major include 1 Truman and 2 Fulbright Scholars, and 3 current Academy rotating military faculty members
>80% GraduateMore than 80% of engineering graduates of the Academy earn graduate degrees

Contact Information

Mechanical Engineering
CDR Michael PlumleyAssociate Professor and Section Chief(860) 701-6658[email protected]