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Civil & Mechanical Engineering

Department F.A.Q.s

What do civil engineers do?

Civil engineers plan, design, and supervise construction of many essential facilities and structures such as bridges, dams, interstate highways, and buildings. Service to the community- its development and improvement - are fundamental aspects of a civil engineering career.

Civil engineers are problem solvers…applying the latest in high-tech equipment and sophisticated procedures to address challenges concerning our environment and infrastructure.

Your Work Will Be Seen EVERYWHERE!

The results of your work as a civil engineer will be seen everywhere. Projects in which you will become involved must be economical, provide an adequate factor of safety for the particular use, and provide a reasonable life expectancy. To do this adequately and within a reasonable time frame, you will find that, with the exception of your engineering training, the computer is one of the most important and valuable tools you will use to produce a proper design or to complete a specific project. You may expect that your courses taken in civil engineering will require the use of computer hardware and software related to the different areas of study.


Communication skills are a MUST!

Civil engineers also must be effective in communicating with the public. You may be expected to work with property owners, concerned citizens, city officials, attorneys, and even medical doctors for concerns related to public health measures.

Why come to Merrimack to study civil engineering?

State of the art curriculum and laboratories - recognized by the profession of engineering as worthy of accreditation (ABET)

  1. A program characterized by its vitality
  2. Outstanding faculty and staff
  3. Focus on education through mentoring
  4. A strong liberal arts influence

If you’re looking for a college that offers a top-notch education, classes where you aren’t lost in the crowd, one-on-one interactions with faculty, and a degree that will draw the interest of the nation’s top companies, you’ll find it at Merrimack.

If you’re looking for a rural setting with all of the amenities of living in a booming metropolitan area, then Merrimack is the place to be.

Are you interested in a campus community that treats you as a welcome addition rather than a statistic on the enrollment sheets? That has teachers who emphasize the big questions and lead students to discover the answers for themselves – and who actually teach all classes and laboratories themselves? That reflects the Augustinian heritage of care for the individual soul?

Merrimack’s classes and labs are kept small, so teachers really get to know their students. It’s the personal attention that really enhances our academic programs. You’ll find that while other colleges and universities can teach you how to make a living, the people at Merrimack College can help you learn how to make a life.

Why should I choose to study Mechanical Engineering at Merrimack College?

Mechanical engineers work on diverse, challenging problems requiring the integration of science, engineering, and socio-economic knowledge. The courses you’ll take cover a purposefully broad scope of topics to prepare you to deal with the “big picture.” Mechanical engineering teaches you how things work and how to think analytically. You will learn how to oversee complicated and interdisciplinary projects, and will solve real-life problems that benefit society.

Mechanical engineering at Merrimack College provides an excellent technical education in the context of the liberal arts experience. Our faculty believe that the best learning takes place through mentoring; and, we provide our students with a variety of study abroad, co-op and research opportunities.

Where would I work after graduation?

Mechanical engineers work in fields ranging from robotics to superconductivity, centrifuges to artificial joints and limbs, and rocket propulsion systems to air conditioners. Almost everything sold on the market today involves mechanical engineering, from conception & design to production & marketing. Companies who employ mechanical engineers include: General Electric, Boston Scientific, General Motors, Ford, Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, IBM and Lockheed Martin.