Careers in Mechanical Engineering - NIU B.S. at RVC


Why pursue a career in Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest and most diverse engineering fields. Mechanical engineers work with teams of engineers to design and oversee the production of a wide range of machines, ranging from engines, generators and turbines, to refrigeration systems, robotics and consumer products such as medical equipment.

Our program in mechanical engineering will provide you with a strong foundation in solid mechanics, dynamics and controls, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, manufacturing and the conversion of energy into useful work. You will also have a chance to become familiar with robotics and mechatronics, as well as computer-aided design/manufacturing (CAD/CAM), including the software engineers use on the job, such as Creo, ANSYS, MatLAB and MathCAD.

A career in mechanical engineering gives flexibility in future employment opportunities as well as tools you need to design devices and products that benefit society.

What job opportunities are available in the Rockford area?

Rockford has thriving aerospace, aviation and manufacturing industries, making it a prime location for engineering and high-tech employment.  

Rockford area businesses anticipate that about 24.5% of engineers in the Rockford area will retire in the next 5 to 10 years, opening up abundant opportunities for recent engineering and technology graduates. In addition, the total number of engineers is projected to grow by nearly 4%.

NIU Engineering at RVC is working closely with regional industry partners. Leaders from Woodward, UTC Aerospace and other companies are advising the NIU College of Engineering & Engineering Technology on the curriculum, providing financial support for the program, and expanding internship opportunities for Rockford area students.

As an NIU@RVC Engineering student, you will be mentored by NIU alumni and other working professionals in the Rockford area, creating important relationships and unique real-world learning experiences while completing your degree.

Quick Facts from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Mechanical Engineers

2015 Median Pay

$83,590 per year 
$40.19 per hour

Typical Entry-Level Education

Bachelor's degree

Work Experience in a Related Occupation


On-the-job Training


Number of Jobs, 2014


Job Outlook, 2014-24

5% (As fast as average)

Employment Change, 2014-24


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

If you are a prospective or current RVC student, contact 
David Schneider 

If you are currently at another community college or seeking information on how to earn the bachelor’s degree, contact 
Matt Gonser
NIU Project Manager
NIU @ RVC Initiative

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